In 2018 Dawn Hutchison was working as a Global Integration and Inclusion Manager for Micron Technology in Boise. Looking to explore further higher education options, she began studies with the Department of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning toward a graduate certificate in Workplace Instructional Design.
At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hutchison moved to Virginia while still working remotely for Micron, but eventually transitioned to a role in human resources with a local hospital system there. She put her studies on hold for over two years as she adjusted to the new role, but ultimately decided to finish the journey she had started with Boise State’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning.
“I explored the possibility of pursuing my master’s degree at my undergrad alma mater St. Leo University, but I had such a wonderful experience in the OPWL program while pursuing my WID certificate,” Hutchison said. “I knew the high level of academic challenge, camaraderie and support I would experience at Boise State couldn’t be matched elsewhere.”
Hutchison is scheduled to graduate with her Master of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning degree this may. She’s excited to walk across the commencement stage, but she won’t do so alone. She will travel back from Virginia for the ceremony to walk alongside her daughter, Carly Hutchison, who will also be graduating from the College of Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.