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Testimonials of Graduate Certificate Recipients

The Graduate Certificates are intended to give students baseline skills required for jobs in instructional design, elearning design & development and performance improvement.

The below testimonials are certificate recipients that landed a job due the knowledge and skills learned and the professional development opportunities they participated in during their certificate studies.

  • Austin Potter

    Austin Potter

    Graduate Certificate in WIDe

    Instructional Designer
    The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds

    I was a teacher for four years before I discovered the instructional design profession. I had always been technologically inclined and thought it would be a good way to pivot out of teaching. After some extensive investigation, I decided I needed to get a masters certificate if I wanted to stand above the crowd in this field. After browsing a few other schools, I came across the OPWL program at Boise State and decided to enroll.

    The classes I took at Boise State were crucial in preparing me for the instructional design industry. Most of the courses had some type of final project that I was able to use in my portfolio, which helped immensely when I started looking for a job. After only a couple semesters I felt like I had already gained a lot of knowledge.

    After graduating in December of 2020 with my Graduate Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design, I started to apply to jobs and immediately started getting call backs! By January, I had accepted a job as an instructional designer for The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds! I credit a lot of my success to the education I received at Boise State and would recommend that anyone who is serious about getting into the instructional design industry enroll in one of their fantastic programs.

    Class of 2020

    Graduate Certificate in WIDe

    Instructional Designer
    The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds

    I was a teacher for four years before I discovered the instructional design profession. I had always been technologically inclined and thought it would be a good way to pivot out of teaching. After some extensive investigation, I decided I needed to get a masters certificate if I wanted to stand above the crowd in this field. After browsing a few other schools, I came across the OPWL program at Boise State and decided to enroll.

    The classes I took at Boise State were crucial in preparing me for the instructional design industry. Most of the courses had some type of final project that I was able to use in my portfolio, which helped immensely when I started looking for a job. After only a couple semesters I felt like I had already gained a lot of knowledge.

    After graduating in December of 2020 with my Graduate Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design, I started to apply to jobs and immediately started getting call backs! By January, I had accepted a job as an instructional designer for The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds! I credit a lot of my success to the education I received at Boise State and would recommend that anyone who is serious about getting into the instructional design industry enroll in one of their fantastic programs.

  • William Grove Fanning

    William Grove-Fanning

    Graduate Certificate in WIDe

    The OPWL program—curriculum and people alike—helped me succeed in so many ways. From the coursework I took to the support for the career transition I received to all the friends and colleagues I made, I couldn’t have jump-started my career without the help of BSU’s OPWL program. Thank you so much!

    Current MS Student

    Graduate Certificate in WIDe

    The OPWL program—curriculum and people alike—helped me succeed in so many ways. From the coursework I took to the support for the career transition I received to all the friends and colleagues I made, I couldn’t have jump-started my career without the help of BSU’s OPWL program. Thank you so much!

  • Debi Bearden

    Debi Bearden

    Graduate Certificate in WIDe

    I came to the OPWL program with years of experience as a K-12 teacher and was seeking a career change into the field of instructional design. My experience in the OPWL program at BSU built on and strengthened my instructional design skill set.  It also inspired my professional networking which positioned me to pivot into my new career path before even completing the MS!  Whether designing a project for an internship or collaborating with a career coach, these opportunities through the OPWL program not only allowed me to put into practice what I learned in my classes, but they also built my confidence through participating on real world instructional design projects.  Thanks to the OPWL program I have successfully launched my instructional design career!

    Current MS Student

    Graduate Certificate in WIDe

    I came to the OPWL program with years of experience as a K-12 teacher and was seeking a career change into the field of instructional design. My experience in the OPWL program at BSU built on and strengthened my instructional design skill set.  It also inspired my professional networking which positioned me to pivot into my new career path before even completing the MS!  Whether designing a project for an internship or collaborating with a career coach, these opportunities through the OPWL program not only allowed me to put into practice what I learned in my classes, but they also built my confidence through participating on real world instructional design projects.  Thanks to the OPWL program I have successfully launched my instructional design career!