Darel Ison began taking general education courses toward the end of his eight-year stint in the Marine Corps. He had enlisted at the age of 18, fresh out of high school, and realized he needed a degree to transition back into civilian life.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in Technology from Coleman College in San Diego, he began to work for various companies and decided to take his education even further. Darel enrolled in an MBA program at University of Phoenix.
“I wanted to learn the business side,” says Darel. “My MBA specifically has helped me step into roles outside of my comfort zone.”
Reflecting on his time spent pursuing his MBA, Darel recalls the significance of Learning Teams and working in collaborative groups. “People gain a lot more from each other,” says Darel. “I was in a legal class with a legal assistant and he helped me see the realworld side of things. Then we were in a technology class and I was able to give him insight. You learn much more that way than from a PowerPoint or a textbook.”