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Hear from our students about their journey to Boise State Online’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning program.

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Jess Finer

Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning graduate Jess Finer describes the most important skills she learned in the program as tenacity and determination. Learn more about how her degree opened doors for her career. Closed captions available. Video Transcript

Featured Students and Alumni

Roberta Dombrowski

Roberta Dombrowski, class of 2019

“I was hired for my position because of my expertise in digital learning and focus on solving problems, both of these things were strengthened during my time in the OPWL program.”

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Jacob Connley

Jacob Connley, class of 2021

“I was introduced to the OPWL program, and within the first semester, I discovered how valuable it was. The research and service-learning-based coursework gave me tools and experiences that I could apply immediately in my career, and because of this, I was promoted to the Learning and Development Manager for my company.”
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Nichole McConnell

Nicole McConnel, class of 2020

“I am proud and excited that I have earned my master’s degree in OPWL, and the community of like-minded professionals that I now belong to.”
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Ralonda Simmons

Rolanda Simmons, class of 2019

“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.”

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Matthew Romano, class of 2016

“The program allowed me to personally experience the real-world application of taking a systematic and systemic approach in solving organizational problems stemming from environmental and human factors; this methodology has not only assisted me in my current position as the Instructional Systems Support Chief at the Coast Guard’s Leadership Development Center, but will serve as a foundation throughout the rest of my military career and beyond.”

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Jodi Mammeenga, class of 2021

“If, like me, you begin the program believing you want to focus your career in a certain area of instructional design or training, you’ll find yourself challenged (and supported) by instructors, staff, and fellow students as you explore new possibilities. You may enter hoping to find a good job, but you’ll discover you have a great career.”

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What graduates have to say:

Alumni Samuel Doyle: Celebrating Black Excellence at Boise State University
OPWL Testimonial: Lenz Bayas, class of 2023
Navigating graduate school and a homeland at war
First-generation student Nahari Leija grows with graduate degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

Teachers Transitioning into Instructional Design

Are you considering leaving the classroom and transitioning to the private sector and working in learning and development? We have experience helping educators shift fields and find success.

The Association for Talent Development blog series articles are written by graduates of the Master of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning and the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design. See what others from a similar background were able to accomplish!

Read What Other Transitioning Teachers Have To Say

Lauren Weisberg

Transitioning from K-12 Teaching to Instructional Design and Training

Leah Yeatts

Transitioning from Teaching to Talent Development: Lessons Learned

Matt Sustaita

From Classroom to Corporate Office

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