Feb 05, 2013

Adults Can Earn a Business Degree in 18-24 Months at Columbia State

Mike Bayne Works Toward Career Advancement By Furthering His Education

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"I have always wanted to finish my degree," said recent Columbia State Community College student Mike Bayne.

Bayne, currently a field engineer for Duck River Electric in Columbia, Tennessee, is a driven individual who is looking to advance in his current career. "My goal is to move as high as I can with Duck River Electric Membership Corporation-probably to a district manager position," said Bayne while discussing what he hopes to accomplish in the future.

Today Bayne has a list of goals that he wishes to accomplish, but he was not always motivated. "I started and stopped many times in my educational path, but could not get moving," said Bayne.

After several years, the Bedford County native found his motivation in the form of a job promotion. "I received a promotion from my work place, but the contract stated that I must finish my Bachelor's degree-this bit of news was what really got me motivated!" exclaimed Bayne.

Bayne immediately jumped into the Accelerated Business Management program at Columbia State Community College, which allowed him to earn an associate's degree in business in 18-24 months. Bayne chose to then pursue his bachelor's degree through Trevecca Nazarene University's Management and Human Relations program, which he hopes to complete this semester and graduate in May 2010.

The Accelerated Business Management program at Columbia State is designed to prepare students for employment or advancement in the business community. Students in the program meet for classes only once a week for four hours. Only one class is taken at a time for a total of three classes a semester. The program is designed to allow working adults to garner an education that will help them advance their careers, without having to take time off work in the process.

"The experience is and was great…All the professors were outstanding," remarked Bayne about his experience at Columbia State. "Some were more demanding than others, but that is just the style of each individual teacher. They all did very well and helped me to learn and mature in the college atmosphere."

"The atmosphere at Columbia State is very good and the people are very helpful and caring…The recruiter was very informative and worked very hard to prepare the way for me to be a part of the program. They went the extra mile to help me. They were very upfront and all was laid out on the table," Bayne added.

"It is just keeping your nose to the grind-stone and refusing to give up," said the business and human relations major. "Failure is just a step to success. Keep marching toward the goal."

Bayne currently resides in Culleoka, Tennessee with his wife Lynn and says he "loves" Maury County. "I have three grown sons and four step-children-two grown and two in high school. I have eight grandchildren and love them very much." During his limited amount of free time he enjoys fishing, stargazing, spending time with his wife, socializing with the people at the country store and riding around in his truck with his dog, a Labrador named Sheba.

For more information on Columbia State's Accelerated Business Programs, please visit http://columbiastate.edu/business.