Age has no limitations if you persevere and remain focused.
Rosie Holden of Los Angeles, California, is one of those people who have an innate understanding of compassion and service. She is a mother to six children and an active member in her community (she participates in wellness fairs, scholarship foundations, and the deaconess board, to name a few). Rosie also serves as the Training Center Coordinator and Basic Life Support Lead Instructor for the American Heart Association, which entails teaching basic CPR, keeping records of participants, and issuing compliance cards.
Professionally, Rosie was the Education Coordinator for St. Francis Medial Center, a non-profit Catholic-based hospital, for three years, and it was her career that led Rosie to Ashford University. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership in 2007 from Biola University, Rosie began a Master's program, but was unable to complete the degree. "During this time, I took another look at my goals and aspirations. What I found was that my goals were not in alignment with my purpose; my purpose in getting a higher degree was to attain the position of non-clinical educator at the hospital where I work. To achieve this, I would need a degree which offered an emphasis in health care."
After careful research, Rosie discovered Ashford's Master of Arts in Organizational Management online degree program, with a Health Care Administration specialization. "My choice was based not only on the health care emphasis, but also on the values of Ashford University. As a result of pursuing my goal, I was promoted on January 12, 2009 to the position of Non-Clinical Educator. My role is to provide and coordinate education for the non-clinical associates and provide ancillary education for the hospital and the surrounding community."
While the professional success of promotion satisfied Rosie's stated goal in pursuing her Master's, she admits that earning her graduate degree was about much more than her career. "For several years, I dreamed of the day I would walk across the stage and earn a graduate degree, not only for personal reasons, but also so others could take notice that age has no limitations if you persevere and remain focused."
On March 29, 2010, Rosie graduated at age 59. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree with the end goal of opening a non-profit organization. "I will call it Scholars for Change; it will provide people who are looking to make a change in their lives with the necessary tools to strategically plan for their future years." In addition, she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society as a result of her academic success at Ashford. Congratulations, Rosie!