Hear from Great Plains IDEA Students

  • Andrew Carl on duty as a park ranger"The Great Plains IDEA community development program has helped me become a better leader as a park ranger for the National Park Service. The skills I have gained empower me to bring colleagues and community members together toward positive change."

  • Jenna Kilawee with client"I needed something flexible that would allow me to "attend" classes in the middle of the night, on the weekends, while at home with my newborn son, or whenever I could spare a minute.  The Great Plains IDEA program allowed me to do just that.  I was able to continue my life while advancing my career.  Even before I graduated I had job offers lined up that I had only dreamed about before pursuing my master's degree in gerontology." 

  • Early Care for a Mobile Society Graduate
  • Picture of Jessyca Waddell smiling"Great Plains IDEA has contributed immensely to my academic success. Earning my bachelor’s degree spanned seven years due to medical setbacks, but my journey in graduate school stands in stark contrast. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA, as I have been given the opportunity to succeed despite my health conditions. The online courses allow me to learn in a more comfortable environment without the need for special accommodations in the classroom or navigation of a campus."

  • Merchandising Student
  • Ana Treptow headshot"In addition to professional development and advancement, this program challenges and promotes my personal growth as I gain skills and understanding applicable to my own life and relationships.  I look forward to using the lessons from each class in every segment of my life."

  • Dietetics Graduate
  • Janice EdwardsIn addition to the flexible learning environment and knowledgeable faculty, another benefit that’s been a pleasant and unexpected surprise are the meaningful connections I have made with other students from all over the country. Not only have I had the opportunity to learn from their distinct experiences and individual perspectives related to development, but there are classmates that I now consider to be friends and have even had the privilege of meeting in person.

  • Youth Development Graduate
  • Kathryn Holt headshot"The Great Plains IDEA program was a perfect fit for my schedule as it allowed me to work, travel, and learn on the go. The nature of the program fosters a flexible learning environment, and as a student, you have access to all the tools you need with any online portal. With multiple universities contributing to the course roster, there are numerous offerings which provide students with plenty of options to build their skillset."

  • Community Development Graduate
  • Dietetics Graduate
  • Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society Graduate