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OPWL Testimonial: Ralonda Simmons, class of 2019

Ralonda Simmons portrait

HR Learning and Design Specialist at Denver Public Schools

I am grateful for the circumstances that led me to enroll in the Master of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL). Before I decided to apply, and after doing a lot of research on ID programs, I had an English degree but had a hard time finding a meaningful job. At that point, I decided to join in due to my fascination with learning, graphic design, and the possibilities I saw to make a difference in the world.

When I started the program, I was overwhelmed; I didn’t have much experience, yet due to the learning environment full of those with varying levels of experience, I often felt intimidated. However, intimidation wasn’t enough to abate my curiosity. There were times I astounded myself with what I was able to accomplish during my studies.

With the help of Jo Ann Fenner, Lesa Becker, and all of the professors I had, I was able to graduate in May of 2019 with confidence in myself as a human performance practitioner. Their patience, responsiveness, and knowledge helped me to not only complete the program but to excel and soar to heights I never imagined. Even after graduation, Ms. Fenner provided me with career coaching so that I could go out into the workforce confidently. I can’t say enough about how staff goes above and beyond to help students succeed.

If you want to find a program that is full of knowledgeable teachers and mentors, a well-rounded curriculum, and a community of continuous learning, apply to the OPWL program. You might also have the opportunity to surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.


Professional Growth Award 2019

Recognized for demonstrated exceptional professional growth during her tenure as an MS-OPWL student.