National Guard Online MBA Student
Alan Romero had been out of school for seven years when he decided to further his education and enroll in the WVU Online MBA program. Romero’s wife played a big part in encouraging him to chase his dreams and go back to school to get his MBA. “My wife knew she was going to become my primary support system, and she gracefully accepted the challenge,” he explained.
As an active member of the Air National Guard, Romero had the opportunity to continue his education with the aid of the WV State Tuition Assistance. He decided West Virginia University was the best fit for him because of the detailed plan of study and its ability to cater to National Guard members. The College of Business and Economics is ranked 12th in the Military Times' first "Best for Vets: Business Schools" list for business schools across the U.S. U.S. News & World Report has ranked B&E #5 in the nation in the Best Online Programs for Veterans for its online MBA program.
“Dr.Vitullo, the Director of Masters Programs, was the first person I had contact with from WVU. I had general questions about the program and she went above and beyond to answer all of my inquiries. The amount of support and professionalism displayed by the Online MBA staff only strengthened my belief that WVU was the right choice for me,” said Romero.
Romero was a member of the online cohort and was able to keep in touch with classmates via phone conferences and emails. He explained that he felt like he fit right in with his classmates, they were all busy professionals trying to balance the program into their daily lives. Romero enjoyed the required residencies because they gave him the opportunity to connect with other cohort members.
“What I hope to gain from this degree is to become a role model to my children. I want to teach them the value of education. This degree will also help me advance in my career and make better personal financial decisions,” explained Romero.