Tasha Kitchen-Williams, IDEAL Program



Alumni

“At some point we have to take a stand and make a start.”

My First Class

My first class in the IDEAL program, First Year Seminar 102, was very rewarding.  Lecturer Ms. Tecun was very supportive and served as a role model. Dedication, patience, and good study habits served me well.

Take a Stand and Make a Start

Other peoples’ life stories showed me why we have to continue our education.  Often, we think we do not have the money or time to go to college. Often, we find out that others have it much harder and are going to college. At some point we have to take a stand and make a start.  What better place than the University of Bridgeport IDEAL program!

Balancing Work, Family, and Education

The flexible course schedule accommodates working people such as myself who have two full time careers and a family.  All of the courses have a small lecturer to student ratio and great opportunities for group interaction.  In addition, the lessons are well-organized and executed.

Supporting Success

My advisor, Ms. Katharina Zambon, and all the IDEAL academic advisors are caring, interested, devoted individuals who ensure that all of our class requirements are fulfilled in a timely manner.

I’m thankful. The University is bringing me one step closer to my degree dreams.

Susan Mendillo, General Studies, Social Science Concentration



Alumni

“UB has been an amazing experience for me.”

An Amazing Experience

UB IDEAL has been such an amazing experience for me. It allowed me to earn my degree in a short amount of time, while still managing time for my work and daughter. I tell everyone I know how great the IDEAL program at UB is, and how well the program worked for me.

Great People

I have met some of the greatest people at the university. The counselors, professors, staff members, and the students all have been wonderful and inspiring.

Guided Success

The counselors are always looking to guide you towards success. The professors are always there to help the students with their needs. The staff is always pleasant and courteous. The students are friendly and caring.

Pushing the Limits

UB IDEAL made it possible for me to raise my level of education making a better life for me and my family.

UB IDEAL has changed my life by making me more confident at what I can accomplish. It has shown me that I can push the limits and succeed in whatever I wanted to achieve.

Why IDEAL?

What really made me decide to start the IDEAL program at UB was that the accelerated program that was offered. A five week course one day a week was the ideal plan. Knowing that I can get my degree in a year and a half was the “aha” factor for me.

I would highly recommend the IDEAL program to anybody. It truly is a really great curriculum. With proper dedication everyone can get a degree in a short amount of time.

Sandy Stewart, B.S. in General Studies, Business Concentration



Alumni

“Starting the IDEAL program is one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I am learning, meeting new people and growing into a better person.”

Starting the IDEAL program is one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I am learning, meeting new people and growing into a better person. I am broadening my horizons and preparing myself for a better and brighter future.

I was in a great job position for a few years and I got laid off unexpectedly. Every interview I went on they were asking for a college degree. My experience did not hold enough value. This is when I decided to go back to college and the UB IDEAL program was the best place for me.

You are in a good place with IDEAL, but most importantly the right place. The people are very caring, loving and understanding. The advisors are the absolute best.

I recommend the IDEAL program to my friends all the time to complete their undergraduate degree. It’s awesome!

Rayon Bernard, B.S. in Human Services and B.S. in Psychology



Alumni

“The IDEAL program is great for me. It allows me to attend school and further my education and also afford me time to spend with my family.”

The IDEAL program is great for me. It allows me to attend school and further my education and also afford me time to spend with my family, especially my wife.

The IDEAL staff is like family. They treat me with love and respect and are always there. The classes are small and conducive to the family atmosphere.

After the completion of my first semester in IDEAL I realized that it wasn’t going to be as scary as I thought it would be.

I strongly believe in education. In the work that I do and the importance that I stress to my children I see the IDEAL program as such a benefit to complete an education with family and work life. IDEAL is helping me to not only better my life, but to stand as a shining example to my children and students.

Pedro Santos,B.S. in General Studies, Business Concentration



Alumni

“The IDEAL program is giving me a better prospective for a better future and career change.”

The IDEAL program is giving me a better prospective for a better future and career change.

The faculty and classmates are assisting me by providing their personal knowledge and insight along with their own views to enrich my education.

I learned of the IDEAL program through a former co-worker, Leonora Lillie. In being in the IDEAL program I can make a change and a difference by gaining my degree. You can, too.

Hometown: Norwalk, CT

Marion Sheppard, A.A. in General Studies



Alumni

“I’m proud to be part of the IDEAL program.”

Hometown: Waterbury, CT

I’m proud to be part of the IDEAL program. They have made it easy for me to work towards achieving my goals. The faculty are approachable and always willing to provide additional support when needed. The experience is great and I recommend it to all of my friends and colleagues.

I have been trying to continue my education for quite some time but it was the faculty of the IDEAL Program that took me step by step to help me get started. I am grateful. My supervisors at Ability Beyond Disability, as well as my family, have been a great support. My supervisor checks on me regarding my progress and she allows me to adjust my schedule as needed to succeed. My niece, LaTesha, has been and continues to be my cheerleader. I’m blessed to have all these people in my life.

Katirya Lopez, B.S. in Human Services, B.S. in Psychology



Alumni

“With the flexible schedule, professional staff and classmates I am completing my education.”

Hometown: Waterbury, CT

I have been at my job for five years and that was when I realized I can finish school through the IDEAL Program.

It has been a blessing in my life to attend IDEAL. With the flexible schedule, professional staff and classmates I am completing my education. I have changed my view on education. I love it and it’s amazing how staff really makes you feel like a family.

A good friend told me about the IDEAL program. I met with Karen, the admissions counselor in Waterbury, and she was great getting me started with the IDEAL program.

The IDEAL program is a one time experience and opportunity for your life. This program can benefit you so much in your career.