Chanda Thompson of Hagerstown, Maryland, is a single mother to four children and has a story with which many single parents can sympathize. She had always wanted to finish her college education, but evening and weekend courses were simply not an option. In February 2007, after observing the increasing popularity of online education, Chanda enrolled in Ashford University’s Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management online degree program.
Chanda participated in Ashford’s Smart Track program, which allowed her to complete graduate coursework. As soon as she finished the undergraduate degree in 2010, she enrolled in the Master of Arts in Organizational Management online degree program and, at 42, graduated in January 2012. Chanda was able to attend her graduation ceremony in Clinton, IA, for her Bachelor's degree. "The trip from Maryland to Iowa was worth it, and my sons were able to attend with me, which made it even more special. Earning my degree was a long time coming, and something I worked extremely hard to obtain. Reaching a goal such as this has made me more confident and given me reassurance that any task is obtainable. I did it!"