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Argosy University, Online Programs Psychology Graduate Rebecca Bailey Beats the Odds to Survive—and Thrive

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It was the summer in 2012, and Rebecca Bailey knew something was terribly wrong.

Bailey, who worked in a group home providing care for the mentally challenged, had been experiencing excruciating headaches, tremors, memory loss, and incontinence. “I was gradually losing control of my body and I didn’t know why,” she recalls. “There were days when I could barely hold my head up. I looked like a bobblehead doll.”

One night, after dropping a full pan of spaghetti on the kitchen floor, Bailey was rushed to the hospital. Doctors diagnosed a birth defect in her brain stem and performed emergency surgery, removing fluid on her brain and correcting a life-threatening blockage

“Most people make it through life without ever seeing pictures of their brains,” says Bailey, now 46. “But within a period of a few months, I saw dozens of photos of mine—everything from x-rays to brains scans and MRI images.”

As she recovered from the surgery, Bailey had plenty of time to reflect on her life—and on all of the things she wished were different. She felt like she was being given a second chance, and she was determined to make it count.

“It occurred to me that I had a pretty resilient brain,” says Bailey, who lives in Elwood City, Pennsylvania. “After racking up $110,000 in medical bills, I remember thinking it was time to see how far my expensive brain could take me.”

Motivated by a desire to better understand some of the things that have happened in her life—and her reactions to them—she decided to return to college after 20 years to pursue her degree in Psychology at Argosy University.

“I wanted to earn a degree that would allow me to improve my own life—and to help others improve theirs,” she explains. “I’ve experienced a lot of pain and seen a lot of destruction in my life. I have family members who have struggled with everything from alcoholism to heroin addiction. I spent years hiding my son from his father, who had serious substance abuse issues. Two of my son’s childhood friends and a family member have died from opioid addiction Deciding to go back to college gave me a sense of hope at a time when hope was in short supply.”

Bailey was accepted into the Psychology program at Argosy University, Online Programs and started classes in December of 2014.

“At first, I was intimidated,” she remembers. “My computer skills were pretty much nonexistent, and it had been a long time since I first attended college. I was also working full time during my first year at Argosy. But I had a strong desire to improve my life. I enrolled in the online program because I wanted plenty of flexibility. It took a while to develop good study habits and learn how to keep distractions to a minimum.”

Bailey was on track and thriving when, in May of 2016, she received another jarring health diagnosis: breast cancer. A lumpectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy followed, as did an infection in her lymph nodes. Bailey says the moral support she received throughout the ordeal from her Argosy success advisor, Jennifer Rauch, and her financial aid counselor, Morgan Gilbert, lifted her spirits and reminded her to stay focused on the future.

“When I began the online program, I was concerned that I’d feel isolated and alone,” says Bailey. “But Jennifer was always there for me, especially when I was dealing with my cancer diagnosis. She had been my success advisor for two and a half years at that point, but we didn’t actually meet face to face until we had lunch in Pittsburgh the day of my first chemo treatment. She listened as I cried, and she encouraged me to take advantage of Argosy’s counseling services. I also got to meet Morgan, who helped provide a real sense of comfort throughout the chaos. The treatment took a lot out of me, and Morgan reminded me how strong I really was.”

Bailey says her faith and the support of her three children (Collin, Will and Jordyn) kept her motivated to stay focused on her education. In December, 2017, Bailey earned her BA in Psychology (with a concentration in Substance Abuse)—with a 3.7 GPA. She just landed a job in insurance sales and will continue volunteering through her church, providing support services to the homeless. With the help of her degree, Bailey also has a paid internship lined up at Beckley Comprehensive Treatment Center in Beaver, West Virginia. She will be coached on how to help individuals overcome substance dependency, as well as how to conduct group and individual counseling there. 

Bailey recently spoke in front of the Argosy University, Online Programs staff in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She shared her story told here, and delivered a heartfelt 'thank you' to her personal Argosy University, Online Programs advisor's who were in the room. She brought everyone in the room to tears, as well as displayed a real-life example of an online student with her story, hurdles, tragedy, and current successes. She showed a real purpose and live motivation for what Argosy advisors do daily. 

“I feel like the past six years have really tested me—and I passed,” says Bailey. “If I can make it through everything that’s happened in my life so far, I feel like I’m ready for anything.” ###


Pictured: Rebecca with her advisors and Rebecca speaking at Argosy University, Online Programs on 2/1/18.


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Health Care Compliance Job Advancement Opportunities – Stand Apart from the Rest

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Health care is growing faster than any other occupation, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics . Money Magazine recently stated that health care is on pace to become the country’s largest employer. Getting ahead in the industry often means earning a master’s degree to move into a management position. Also important? Understanding legal compliance issues and how to effectively communicate with the lawyers who work alongside health care managers.

Argosy University* is helping non-lawyer professionals to move into the next era of health care positions through its Online Master of Law in Compliance (MALC) degree program with a Health Law concentration . You may be wondering what you can do with a degree in compliance and health law. This master’s degree program allows professionals to seek manager level positions focused on communicating with a legal compliance team. The program enhances professional skill sets and increases value within the marketplace. Students learn how the law intersects with health care, providing a new perspective into the industry. They also gain knowledge of risk management and compliance issues related to health care law.

Argosy University’s completely online MALC degree program with a Health Law concentration provides the flexibility that allows working professionals to attend classes on their own schedules. The master’s degree program may be completed in 13 months and boasts a small, personal 8:1 student to faculty ratio. Professional instructors with industry experience guide students through the program, teaching them to identify legal issues and minimize risks, gain skills to communicate effectively with lawyers, and meet contacts who may assist in the transition to a new position the health care industry.

This is not a program for those who want to practice law immediately—it does not satisfy requirements for licensure to practice or advanced standing towards a Juris Doctor degree. It’s a master’s degree program for forward-thinking individuals who understand that Human Resource professionals are seeking job candidates who bring extra insight into the workplace, including knowing how to work closely with lawyers. To ensure that students gain appropriate experience learning the “language” of the law, this program was developed by the dean and faculty of the Western State College of Law*.

Those who complete the MALC program will understand the structure, history, and values of the legal system. They’ll also gain valuable research and analysis skills that apply to real-world situations. Risk management and strong communications are emphasized—as well as the application of regulatory standards that help compliance professionals to identify the relevant legal authorities that regulate their professional field.

Interested in adding new, dynamic skills that make your résumé stand out to HR recruiters? Learn about the admissions requirements for the Online Master of Law in Compliance (MALC) degree program with a Health Law concentration at Argosy University. You may also view the bios of the program faculty and apply online. This program was designed for busy, ambitious professionals—people like you who want to move up in their careers and understand the need to build their professional skills to stand out from the rest. Learn more today.



*Western State College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610, (312) 988-5000).

*Argosy University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California 94501, www.wascsenior.org).


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After a Challenging 18 Months, Argosy University Organizational Leadership Graduate Jess Fink Creates Her Own Luck

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Over the past 18 months, Jess Fink has experienced her fair share of setbacks and successes.

In July of last year, she was laid off from a job she loved after seven years. Since then, she has held three other full-time jobs—including a stint as assistant manager for a retail store—all while attending college full time.

But while Fink’s career path has had its detours, she says that focusing on her education helped her maintain her balance—and her perspective.

“It hasn’t always been easy,” she says. “After I lost my job, I was depressed. Looking for work can be a full-time job, and it’s especially hard when you’re also going to school full time. I ended up having to retake a few classes because there was just too much going on.”

But Fink, a West Virginia native who now lives in Pittsburgh, persisted. While she was completing her B.S. in Business Administration (with a concentration in Marketing) from Argosy University, she was accepted into the school’s Masters Acceleration Program. In August, she completed her M.S. in Organizational Leadership—with a 3.9 GPA.

“Being an online student at Argosy gave me the flexibility I needed at a time when my work schedules were unpredictable and often out of my control,” Fink says. “As frustrating as it was to work at jobs I didn’t love, I did what I had to do to keep things going. School was my saving grace. It kept me organized and motivated, and it also reminded me that I was preparing myself for better things.”

Shortly before graduating, and right around the time Fink and her husband were moving into a home they’d just purchased, she received a call from a recruiter who had seen her LinkedIn profile. She told Fink about a project manager position at Alcoa. After two rounds of interviews, Fink was optimistic and was convinced the job would be a perfect fit.

When she received a call telling her she had not been selected, she was disappointed. But she was also determined to learn as much as she could from the experience, so she decided to send a follow-up email to the hiring manager who had interviewed her.

“I figured I had nothing to lose,” Fink says. “I just thanked her for considering me, and asked what I could do to become a better candidate in the event the position were to become available again.”

Fortunately for Fink, she didn’t have to wait long for an answer. A week later, as she and her husband were driving home to Pittsburgh from her Argosy commencement ceremony in Washington, D.C., Fink received an unexpected call from the recruiter.

“The follow-up email I sent to the Alcoa hiring manager apparently struck a chord,” says Fink. ”When the recruiter told me they had just called to offer me another project manager position, I couldn’t believe it! It was such perfect timing, and a great way to end my graduation trip.”

Fink has been at her new job as a project manager for three weeks, and says she’s never been happier.

“Working for a company I respect, in a position that allows me to use my skills and education, is such a great way to end the year,” she says. “I’ve experienced a lot of change—and a lot of personal growth—over the past 18 months. I’ve learned that you have to stay in the game if you want to win it. You also have to be willing to connect, build relationships, put yourself out there, and risk rejection. If I hadn’t sent that follow-up email, it’s very unlikely I’d have been hired for my new position. Sometimes you can create your luck without even realizing it.” ###

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