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UCM success story: Daniel Dixon

Daniel DixonDaniel Dixon is thankful for the University Center of the Mountains because he was able to get his degree in Hazard and has already begun work for Kentucky River Community Care as the Rising Center Volunteer Coordinator.

Dixon graduated in May from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor s degree in Criminal Justice. With that credential in hand, he began work July 22 for KRCC.

I decided to pursue a degree through the UCM because it was very convenient to earn a bachelor s degree from a university locally. I chose EKU because I knew it was a great University with a cheaper price. When I transferred to EKU, I got a transfer scholarship that took care of half my tuition and enough financial aid to take care of all my expenses including gas. I believe EKU is more centered about each student s educational and financial needs rather than wanting to make money, Dixon said.

Dixon has nothing but good things to say about the decision he made. The education I received was phenomenal. My instructors were very nice and were more student oriented than what it would have been like on campus. It was easier to communicate and get help from the instructors.

His path through the UCM began by obtaining an associate degree in 2009 from Hazard Community and Technical College. HCTC was the best education I have ever received with my general education classes. Not only is it the best education, but is also the most affordable education.

Daniel s academic/career pathway is common for many of the students working through the University Center of the Mountains, observed UCM Director, Dr. Deronda Mobelini. His experience highlights the value of the UCM partnership to our residents. This model of collaboration between the community college and our regional four-year colleges and universities continues to provide access to great faculty and advisors, program opportunities that lead to jobs, and improved affordability.

Dixon already has started on his master s degree which he plans to finish by May 2015. He is in the Adult, Juvenile amp; Community Corrections Leadership Program at EKU.

Dixon gained practical experience during the spring through an internship with Hazard Probation amp; Parole. His worked this summer as an assistant at Lilley Cornett Woods in Letcher County. He also has served as a substitute teacher for the Hazard Independent Schools, Perry County Schools, and Letcher County Schools, and worked for KRCC in Whitesburg.

He graduated from Letcher Central in 2007. He is the son of Bob and Beverley Dixon and the family lives in Hallie.