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What StackTrack can do for you

The StackTrack™ certificate option at University of Phoenix can help you gain marketable job skills earlier in your degree program by allowing you to take career-related, core courses — and earn certificates for your efforts — well before completing the rest of your general education requirements and receiving your diploma, according to Hinrich Eylers, PhD, executive dean of ...

University alumna is a financial role model

Kim Murphy is a University of Phoenix graduate four times over: She holds bachelor’s degrees in business and criminal justice, and master’s degrees in adult education and management.

Now the financial services community manager for the PhoenixConnect® ...

Cybersecurity expert uses hacking skills for good

Summer Lee only needs to press a few keys on her computer to break into online computer networks and potentially wreak havoc.

But the University of Phoenix® student isn’t a hacker — she just plays one to teach companies and IT professionals how to prevent computer systems from ...

MBA grad conquers Mount Everest, inspires others

Brian Dickinson is proof that it’s possible to reach great heights in many areas of life.

An avid mountain climber, endurance athlete and outdoor survival expert, Dickinson, who earned his MBA degree from University of Phoenix in 2003, is ...

One-time dropout becomes an award-winning teacher

Last year, Apryl Shackelford found herself in front of a cheering crowd, still in disbelief that she’d been named 2013 Teacher of the Year in Duval County, Florida. The reading teacher known as “Ms. Shack” had once been a high school dropout, but had returned to school and earned a master’s in education/curriculum and instruction in 2008 from University of Phoenix....

Chronic MS couldn’t stop alum’s graduation walk

When Aubri Shauger-Haley followed her husband, Richard, across the stage at a University of Phoenix commencement ceremony last summer, the moment marked more than an academic achievement. The couple also celebrated Aubri’s success in the face of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS).

University of Phoenix named Military-Friendly School for fifth consecutive year

University of Phoenix continues to be a top education destination for military students: It was named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2014 list of Military-Friendly Schools for the fifth consecutive year, and earned the same honor for the sixth straight year from Military Advanced Education magazine.

Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt scores big in 2013

It was quite a year for Arizona Diamondbacks First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

In only his second full season in the big leagues, his hitting and fielding statistics earned him nearly every award possible in 2013, including a trip to the All-Star game and a second-place finish among sportswriters’ votes for ...

Poll: Students reveal the best music to study to

If you crank up the tunes when doing your homework, you aren’t alone. A recent informal poll on the University of Phoenix Facebook® page shows that aficionados of listening to music while studying outweigh those seeking silence by a 10-to-1 ratio.

Finding inspiration on “Roadtrip Nation”

Olivia Zanfardino, a student in the business management program at University of Phoenix, quit her job, put her studies on hold and packed her bags last summer to take part in the PBS reality TV show “Roadtrip Nation.” For seven weeks, she traveled the country, interviewing everyone from an accountant who started a cold-pressed juice bar to an Internet entrepreneur ...

Grants help fund faculty research and innovation

Research funding isn’t just for the ivory tower. Thanks to the Office of Scholarship Support (OSS), all University of Phoenix faculty members, online or at a campus, are eligible to apply for grants to support their own research and innovation.

Instructor’s nonprofit helps young people flourish

“I’ve devoted my life to telling young people they can lead productive, well-educated lives,” says Gladys Pearson, an online instructor in the general studies program for University of Phoenix, and founder and CEO of Making It To The Finish Line, a nonprofit mentoring program for youths ages 7 to 17. ...

Living in a straw house isn’t just a fairy tale

You might think straw houses only exist in “The Three Little Pigs.” But environmental engineer and University of Phoenix online instructor David Barraza discovered that a straw bale home is an inexpensive, eco-friendly option for the real world.

New center to offer career coaching services

University of Phoenix students and alumni in need of academic or career support soon will be able to visit the state-of-the-art Phoenix Career and Coaching Center.

“At University of Phoenix, we’re interested in not just providing a solid ...

Phoenix Forward's most-read stories of 2013

With 2013 winding down, we reviewed our clicks, checked them twice and found out which articles appealed the most to our readers during the past year. Topping the list, not surprisingly, was a story on the ever-popular topic of whether you should listen to music while studying.

Business student is undeterred by illness

Nothing, it would appear, can stop Aimee Michon.

The 34-year-old University of Phoenix student has weathered a hurricane, a tornado, family illness and debilitating personal health, yet continues to work toward her bachelor’s degree in the business management program at the ...

Student honored by MLB and People magazine

Shortly after Kevin Burciaga returned home in 2008 from a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps, he received a call that would change his life — and that of a complete stranger.

The call also would eventually lead the former military police officer to be ...

Security chief faces fear and earns college degree

Jason Hudson built a career on grit and courage. He served as a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force. He joined the protection details for celebrities and world leaders. And then he worked his way up to become director of security and safety at the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

3 inspiring female veterans

Serious illness and divorce. Juggling work, parenting and studying while serving their country. None of these challenges deterred these three female veterans from pursuing their degrees at University of Phoenix. In honor of Veterans Day, they share how they overcame personal and professional obstacles and made furthering their educations a priority....

Navy master chief turns rejection into opportunity

In 2005, then-U.S. Navy Master Chief Evelyn “Vonn” Banks was interviewing for a high-level enlisted position in the service when the conversation took an unexpected turn.

“I was told, ‘Your operational performance is head and shoulders above your ...

Cancer survivor’s foundation eases others’ pain

When Sandra Wing was battling ovarian and uterine cancer, she found that she dreaded chemotherapy more than the disease.

“I felt defeated and immobile, unable to perform the simplest of tasks” as a result of chemo, says Wing, who earned her MBA degree in 1995 from the ...

Former Oracle talent director and alum successfully changed careers from technology management

Arthur Jue already had a successful career in technology management when he decided to enter the doctoral program in organizational leadership at University of Phoenix. That move helped spur a wholesale change in his professional life, leading him to a new career in talent development, first at Oracle and then at Tectura Corp....

MBA grad makes a name for herself and her cupcakery

“I’ve always had something in the oven,” Kimberly Greenwell says, laughing, about her decades-long baking career. “But for a lot of years, I was always in school, so baking took a back seat.”

Not any longer. Greenwell, who began baking as a young girl in her ...

Lucky Socks may knock your (other) socks off

When University of Phoenix students and alumni pull on their Lucky Socks, they’re sharing something meaningful. Like wearing a club emblem or pin, donning the bright red socks bearing the University’s rising phoenix logo is a way for more than 1 million students, alumni and staff to show solidarity.

Alumna went to war zone for doctoral research

Having a college education can give women in Afghanistan the opportunity to help rebuild their war-torn country, according to research by University of Phoenix alumna Khalida Mashriqi. But first, they must be able to get to school safely. In some Afghan communities, she points out, just talking about educating women is forbidden....