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Testimonials

The below testimonials are from OPWL’s MS graduates and speak to their professional development goals, their learning experience with OPWL, and the value their graduate study added to their career.

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  • aaron-jacobsen

    Aaron Jacobsen

    Class of 2022

    “I transitioned from being a high school teacher to instructional designer because I had a passion for designing curriculum and creating learning experiences as well as eLearning. The experience working with real clients on real instructional design projects, needs assessments, and evaluation projects gave me the experience I needed to land my new job.”

    “I transitioned from being a high school teacher to instructional designer because I had a passion for designing curriculum and creating learning experiences as well as eLearning. The experience working with real clients on real instructional design projects, needs assessments, and evaluation projects gave me the experience I needed to land my new job.”

  • Jill-Warwick

    Jill Warwick

    Class of 2022

    “Class projects provided me and my fellow classmates the chance to practice what was being covered in class in real-time and experience those situations for ourselves with professors ready to provide guidance and things to consider at any time. I know my learning will only continue as I progress further into my career. However, the time within the OPWL program provided me with foundational information and the confidence that I can take charge of my own learning.”

    “Class projects provided me and my fellow classmates the chance to practice what was being covered in class in real-time and experience those situations for ourselves with professors ready to provide guidance and things to consider at any time. I know my learning will only continue as I progress further into my career. However, the time within the OPWL program provided me with foundational information and the confidence that I can take charge of my own learning.”

  • Jacob Connley

    Jacob Connley

    Class of 2021

    “Within the first semester I discovered how valuable the OPWL program 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.”

    “Within the first semester I discovered how valuable the OPWL program 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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    Shannon Hanley

    Class of 2021

    “I graduated from the program equipped with many evidence-based tools and a solid understanding of the leading research behind performance improvement. More importantly, while enrolled in the program, I had the opportunity to work with my classmates and fellow professionals on real-world projects that made a difference to our clients. With OPWL, I literally got to talk with peers from around the world, and the professors were invested in our progress, providing feedback and direction along the way.”

    “I graduated from the program equipped with many evidence-based tools and a solid understanding of the leading research behind performance improvement. More importantly, while enrolled in the program, I had the opportunity to work with my classmates and fellow professionals on real-world projects that made a difference to our clients. With OPWL, I literally got to talk with peers from around the world, and the professors were invested in our progress, providing feedback and direction along the way.”

  • Nicole-Imler

    Nicole Imler

    Class of 2021

    “Boise State’s OPWL program completely changed the trajectory of my career. Every day when I start my workday, I reference something I learned in this program. Every single day, I am able to do my work with confidence, professionalism and joy. Every single day, I am grateful for the professors and staff of the OPWL program for helping me build a career I’m proud of.”

    “Boise State’s OPWL program completely changed the trajectory of my career. Every day when I start my workday, I reference something I learned in this program. Every single day, I am able to do my work with confidence, professionalism and joy. Every single day, I am grateful for the professors and staff of the OPWL program for helping me build a career I’m proud of.”

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    Chris Lewis

    Class of 2021

    “Working with real-world clients added authenticity to my class projects and a safe environment to implement what I read about throughout my courses. I now have an extensive toolbox of models, frameworks, and evidence-based practices that bring value to my clients and that I can apply across PI efforts that require both training and non-training solutions. I have a deeper and more diverse understanding of change management, instructional design, adult learning theory, analysis, and evaluation that I never thought possible.”

    “Working with real-world clients added authenticity to my class projects and a safe environment to implement what I read about throughout my courses. I now have an extensive toolbox of models, frameworks, and evidence-based practices that bring value to my clients and that I can apply across PI efforts that require both training and non-training solutions. I have a deeper and more diverse understanding of change management, instructional design, adult learning theory, analysis, and evaluation that I never thought possible.”

  • jodi-mammenga

    Jodi Mammenga

    Class of 2021

    “The Department of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning at Boise State will give you access to an amazing community of practice. 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.”

    “The Department of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning at Boise State will give you access to an amazing community of practice. 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.”

  • Kandi Horsman

    Kandi Horsman

    Class of 2020

    “As a result of my studies, I was able to demonstrate on my resume not only the requisite knowledge and skills but also my ability to successfully apply my learning to real-world projects (for my courses, full-time job, and part-time consulting work) — and ultimately the value added to organizations as a result of these performance improvement efforts.”

    “As a result of my studies, I was able to demonstrate on my resume not only the requisite knowledge and skills but also my ability to successfully apply my learning to real-world projects (for my courses, full-time job, and part-time consulting work) — and ultimately the value added to organizations as a result of these performance improvement efforts.”

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    Andrea Kelley

    Class of 2020

    “Now that I am a proud OPWL graduate myself, I find myself saying the same to those I recommend the program to. I have several job aid and tools I developed or adapted during my time in the OPWL program that I use almost daily in my role, helping me merge evidence-based practices seamlessly into my everyday work reality. I’m living the OPWL dream!”

    “Now that I am a proud OPWL graduate myself, I find myself saying the same to those I recommend the program to. I have several job aid and tools I developed or adapted during my time in the OPWL program that I use almost daily in my role, helping me merge evidence-based practices seamlessly into my everyday work reality. I’m living the OPWL dream!”

  • Nicole McConnell

    Nicole McConnell

    Class of 2020

    “Each OPWL course provided opportunities to address a variety of real-life performance problems using various models. I worked with others on workplace problems I was facing, addressing the underlying reasons for performance deficiencies through team projects, applying theories, providing feedback and learning in a collaborative environment.”

    “Each OPWL course provided opportunities to address a variety of real-life performance problems using various models. I worked with others on workplace problems I was facing, addressing the underlying reasons for performance deficiencies through team projects, applying theories, providing feedback and learning in a collaborative environment.”

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    Danielle Patterson

    Class of 2020

    “I entered the ID, adult learning work space and made the transition from teacher to ID. It was my project work at Boise State that caught an employer’s attention and gave him the confidence that I could do the work. I’m so thankful for the OPWL program and am happy to have made the career transition.”

    “I entered the ID, adult learning work space and made the transition from teacher to ID. It was my project work at Boise State that caught an employer’s attention and gave him the confidence that I could do the work. I’m so thankful for the OPWL program and am happy to have made the career transition.”

  • 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 we’re strengthened during my time in the OPWL program.”

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

  • Mykal Duffy

    Mykal Duffy

    Class of 2019

    “I can say with 100% certainty that I would not be in the position that I am today, had it not been for Boise State’s OPWL program and all the wonderful staff associated with it. I was able to complete my degree and begin my new career trajectory.”

    “I can say with 100% certainty that I would not be in the position that I am today, had it not been for Boise State’s OPWL program and all the wonderful staff associated with it. I was able to complete my degree and begin my new career trajectory.”

  • Rusty Hitt

    Rusty Hitt

    Class of 2019

    “The program and the professors were outstanding. I learned more applicable, real-world skills in the OPWL program than I did in my first master’s program which was a traditional on-campus experience. I walked away with the confidence to work in any of the human performance industries.”

    “The program and the professors were outstanding. I learned more applicable, real-world skills in the OPWL program than I did in my first master’s program which was a traditional on-campus experience. I walked away with the confidence to work in any of the human performance industries.”

  • Greg Jones

    Greg Jones

    Class of 2019

    As opposed to simulating clients and stakeholders, OPWL offers an opportunity to learn through working with real companies through completion of real projects such as needs assessments, evaluation, and instructional design. That is part of what sets OPWL apart from other programs and yields a truly superior experience.

    As opposed to simulating clients and stakeholders, OPWL offers an opportunity to learn through working with real companies through completion of real projects such as needs assessments, evaluation, and instructional design. That is part of what sets OPWL apart from other programs and yields a truly superior experience.

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    Josh Shires

    Class of 2019

    “With practical application of evidence-based performance improvement theory, and the flexibility to study online, Boise State’s OPWL program has given me the tools I need to perform as an Instructional Designer and Performance Improvement specialist.”

    “With practical application of evidence-based performance improvement theory, and the flexibility to study online, Boise State’s OPWL program has given me the tools I need to perform as an Instructional Designer and Performance Improvement specialist.”

  • Ralonda Simmons

    Ralonda 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.”

    “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.”

  • Tad Hughes

    Tad Hughes

    Class of 2018

    “After researching several programs, I decided that the OPWL program was for me. Primarily, I was attracted to the robust curriculum that includes a series of semester-long projects with real-world clients, as well as faculty who have worked in industry for decades. Though challenging, the learning experiences are invaluable.”

    “After researching several programs, I decided that the OPWL program was for me. Primarily, I was attracted to the robust curriculum that includes a series of semester-long projects with real-world clients, as well as faculty who have worked in industry for decades. Though challenging, the learning experiences are invaluable.”

  • Autumn Scisciani

    Autumn Scisciani

    Class of 2018

    Autumn has moved from industry outsider to a 6-figure national training management position in less than 4 years. She says “it’s all because of the knowledge and skills gained at Boise State. It has changed our lives and I’m so grateful!!”

    Autumn has moved from industry outsider to a 6-figure national training management position in less than 4 years. She says “it’s all because of the knowledge and skills gained at Boise State. It has changed our lives and I’m so grateful!!”

  • Stefan Tobler

    Stefan Tobler

    Class of 2018

    “This program offered a great deal of hands-on experience as well as relevant research. I have so far never experienced any course with such a high transfer rate to my daily work life. Finally, the flexibility offered by an asynchronous format, as well as the helpful staff and faculty, made it the perfect choice for me as a European student without prior experience with the US educational system.”

    “This program offered a great deal of hands-on experience as well as relevant research. I have so far never experienced any course with such a high transfer rate to my daily work life. Finally, the flexibility offered by an asynchronous format, as well as the helpful staff and faculty, made it the perfect choice for me as a European student without prior experience with the US educational system.”

  • Raymond Troncozo

    Raymond Troncozo

    Class of 2018

    “I would encourage anyone contemplating advanced studies in performance improvement, instructional design, or HPT in general to consider Boise State’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning. You will learn much research and theory, but more importantly, you will gain experience applying them to real-world problems.”

    “I would encourage anyone contemplating advanced studies in performance improvement, instructional design, or HPT in general to consider Boise State’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning. You will learn much research and theory, but more importantly, you will gain experience applying them to real-world problems.”

  • Julie Barkin

    Julie Barkin

    Class of 2017

    “During my time in the OPWL program, I completed various project-based assignments that allowed me to gain experience in providing solutions to real-world organizational problems. The knowledge I gained also provided me with an expanded view of workplace performance improvement beyond the realm of training.”

    “During my time in the OPWL program, I completed various project-based assignments that allowed me to gain experience in providing solutions to real-world organizational problems. The knowledge I gained also provided me with an expanded view of workplace performance improvement beyond the realm of training.”

  • Jie Chen

    Jie Chen

    Class of 2017

    “I am truly grateful to OPWL professors and staffs. They were highly professional, accessible, knowledgeable, and showed great interest in students’ growth. I was motivated and inspired by their passion for education and for the high-quality coaching delivered in and out of the courses.”

    “I am truly grateful to OPWL professors and staffs. They were highly professional, accessible, knowledgeable, and showed great interest in students’ growth. I was motivated and inspired by their passion for education and for the high-quality coaching delivered in and out of the courses.”

  • Dwayne Dunn

    Dwayne Dunn

    Class of 2017

    “The people, professors, and connections I have made through my time in the OPWL program are simply the best. The staff and instructors genuinely care about me as a student and working professional. Other schools I researched made me feel more like a number. If you are considering a program, consider the OPWL program through Boise State University.”

    “The people, professors, and connections I have made through my time in the OPWL program are simply the best. The staff and instructors genuinely care about me as a student and working professional. Other schools I researched made me feel more like a number. If you are considering a program, consider the OPWL program through Boise State University.”

  • Ann Pechloff

    Ann Pechloff

    Class of 2017

    “Graduating is not the end of a journey it is just another step in my lifetime of learning journey. I challenge you to take that first step, commit to it and open your mind to the world of opportunities that await you.”

    “Graduating is not the end of a journey it is just another step in my lifetime of learning journey. I challenge you to take that first step, commit to it and open your mind to the world of opportunities that await you.”

  • Leah Yeatts

    Leah Yeatts

    Class of 2017

    “I applied for the OPWL program hoping the degree would help me to transition from K-12 public education into the world of organizational performance and learning. The program far exceeded my expectations in helping me to accomplish my goals, and was absolutely crucial to my successful transition to the field.”

    “I applied for the OPWL program hoping the degree would help me to transition from K-12 public education into the world of organizational performance and learning. The program far exceeded my expectations in helping me to accomplish my goals, and was absolutely crucial to my successful transition to the field.”

  • Aurora Seguinot Cruz

    Aurora Seguinot-Cruz

    Class of 2017

    “If learning and helping others grow is your passion, then Boise State’ s innovative Master of Science program in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning is the right fit for you. I highly encourage others to put fear aside, “take a leap of faith in yourself” and explore the possibilities.”

    “If learning and helping others grow is your passion, then Boise State’ s innovative Master of Science program in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning is the right fit for you. I highly encourage others to put fear aside, “take a leap of faith in yourself” and explore the possibilities.”

  • Jennifer Shamsy

    Jennifer Shamsy

    Class of 2017

    “The challenging coursework helped me broaden my knowledge and gain competency through application. The program armed me with tools and theoretical knowledge to think and practice in new ways allowing me to not only add value but also do what was right for the client. This was in parallel with real-world projects and interaction with clients that supported meaningful application and synthesis as opposed to artificial examples and rote memorization.”

    “The challenging coursework helped me broaden my knowledge and gain competency through application. The program armed me with tools and theoretical knowledge to think and practice in new ways allowing me to not only add value but also do what was right for the client. This was in parallel with real-world projects and interaction with clients that supported meaningful application and synthesis as opposed to artificial examples and rote memorization.”

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