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Dream It and Do It: Carl Clemons Encourages Argosy University Students to Follow His Lead


Carl Clemons believes in big dreams—for others and for himself.

As an Admissions Representative at Argosy University, Online Programs in Pittsburgh, Clemons supports and mentors students—and prospective students—through the process of earning their college degrees.

As an actor with more than 30 television and film credits—including The Wire and the upcoming mini-series, Escape from Dannemora, directed by Ben Stiller and starring Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette—he actively auditions, hoping for that big break.

As a father, he’s committed to teaching his six-year-old daughter that education matters—and has set an example for her by completing his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Argosy University, Online Programs in 2017. He has two classes to complete before finishing his Master of Business Administration degree at Argosy University, Online Programs with a concentration in Organizational Leadership.

“One thing I know for sure is that turning a dream into reality requires determination and persistence,” says Clemons. “I grew up poor and without a father in one of Pittsburgh’s toughest neighborhoods. In high school, my focus was more on survival than on getting a good education. I lost friends to gang violence and saw others go to prison. I’ve seen too many people give up or lose their way. But I was lucky to have a strong mother and grandmother who both loved me and taught me to dream and work hard. I know that creating a successful life isn’t always easy, but I also know it’s possible.”

For Clemons, acting has always been a passion. But after a co-worker at a bank told him about an opening at Argosy University seven years ago, he landed a job as a Success Advisor.

“I had no prior college experience, but I had a passion for helping people plan and problem solve so they could take the next steps in their careers,” Clemons explains. “When my daughter was born, I realized it was time to take the next step in mine. If I was going to talk about it, I needed to be about it! I earned my associates degree, then my bachelors, and now I’m almost finished with my master’s program.”

Clemons says the demands of juggling his work, family, classes and acting gigs has provided a perspective that helps him better relate to the students he advises.

“I totally understand the challenges students face because I’m right there with them,” he says. “I know what it’s like to struggle to find that balance between work, family and school. It’s not easy. Sometimes, it’s not even possible. But there’s almost always a way to figure it out and keep moving in the right direction.”

What makes his work so energizing, Clemons says, is working with a wide variety of students.

“There’s never a dull moment,” he says. “Every day—and every student—is different. One minute I’m a cheerleader, providing moral support to a freshman who’s lost her job and wants to quit school. An hour later, I’m calling a prospective student who’s expressed interest in one of our degree programs. Later that day, I’m troubleshooting and talking someone through a timetable for completing their doctorate.”

Since all of his students are enrolled in online degree programs, Clemons counsels people all over the United States by phone from his Pittsburgh office.

“I’m on the phone nearly all day, every day,” Clemons says. “It would probably drive some people crazy, but I love the process of helping people commit to a goal and work toward achieving it. The students I work with know I understand what it’s like to sometimes second-guess yourself or wonder if it’s all worth the effort.”

Now that Clemons is only two classes shy of completing his master’s program, he says he’s come to appreciate what a perfect fit his work as a Success Advisor and Admissions Representative have been.

“There’s an added reason I like what I do so much,” he says. “I help provide the support for students to begin or continue their college education, and they’ve provided the inspiration to me to complete mine.”  ###

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Starting Your Career as a Dental Hygienist in Twin Cities


You’ve seen them the dentist. They’re the trained professionals who make your teeth sparkly clean and give you tips on keeping them looking great until your next appointment. These dental hygienists are an integral part of a dentist’s office—building relationships with clients, performing preventative services and providing a vital health service.

Today’s dental hygienists know that oral health directly relates overall general health. And this knowledge is driving demand to fill open positions in this health care related field. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook shows that jobs in dental hygiene are growing at a rate “much faster than average,” with nearly 210,000 jobs opening up nationwide per year.

So what can you do with a degree in dental hygiene? Graduates of Argosy University, Twin Cities’ Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene program treat patients and sometimes choose to work as educators, researchers, administrators or business professionals.

To earn your degree, you’ll participate in hands-on clinical experience at an established dental clinic. You’ll have the opportunity to develop critical thinking, interpersonal and technical skills. And you’ll learn from faculty members who are experienced practitioners.

The program can be completed in as few as five semesters and students may join the Student American Dental Hygiene Association.

Ready to begin your path to becoming a dental hygienist? Learn more about Argosy University, Twin Cities’ program, the courses you’ll take, and what you can expect as a student by visiting the school’s webpage for the Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene .

The Dental Hygiene program at Argosy University, Twin Cities is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates of the program must successfully pass three exams prior to being issued a license* to practice dental hygiene: The American Dental Association (ADA) National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE), the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) exam required by the practicing state, and the state jurisprudence exam for dental hygienists.

*Argosy University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to Argosy University.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, 1515 Central Parkway, Twin Cities, MN 55121 © 2018 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is
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Navigating Education and Elder Care | A Personal Journal Entry


Glory be, I've made it through another 70 hour work week.

You might be wondering what causes me to accumulate so many weekly work hours. That's easy to answer, I have two jobs. I currently work forty hours a week as a legal investigator for the City of Chicago. Once I'm finished there, I come home and begin my role as an informal care giver to my 74 year old mother. She suffers from Alzheimer's disease and requires 24-hour care. My weekdays begin at 4:30am and can continue through till 10pm. Although the hours can be physically and emotionally draining, it is the evening gig that offers the most rewarding experience. Luckily so, since informal caregivers receive no compensation for their efforts.

It was several years after Mom suffered her debilitating stoke that I decided to return to school to obtain my graduate degrees. I knew no matter what occurred regarding my mom's health she'd want me to pursue my educational goal. My mom had been a nurse and worked diligently to provide for my sister and me. She always instilled in us the importance of education and encouraged us to attain our personal best. I believe that I inherited my tenacious spirit from her. I received my Master's degree in 2011, and although I was fifty, decided to proceed towards a doctorate degree.

Fortunately, I chose a university that offered a rigorous program with engaging students, supportive staffers and dedicated faculty. This combination allowed me and fellow colleagues to achieve our educational pursuits. Unfortunately, my mom made her transition before I graduated. Yet, I know she is eternally happy that I pursued my dream and obtained my doctoral degree . I am also grateful that Argosy University helped me turn an aspiration into actuality.

Note: Debra earned her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in 2017!

Written by Dr. Debra Gavin Ware EdD

Dr. Gavin Ware is an adjunct instructor at Argosy University, Chicago .

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