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When Linda graduated high school in the early seventies, there weren’t as many opportunities for women, she says. “It was pretty much teacher, nurse or secretary, and my parents thought that by entering the workforce straight out of high school, I could be making money for four years while my peers were in college.”

I started the program with 72 credits under my belt. It takes 120 credits to graduate. So I only needed 48 additional credits, or 16 online courses, to get my bachelor’s.

With that, Linda took a job in administration and later started taking courses at nearby community college. Then she got married and had kids. Then her kids were soon planning their own college education. 

Linda recently heard about JetBlue Scholars and the opportunity to finish her degree.

“I wanted to know how I could get started right away,” she said. “Finishing my degree is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Like many JetBlue Scholars, Linda had past coursework and on the job experience that was worth college credit. She had already earned her associate degree and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. 

After reviewing her transcripts and certifications, Linda’s JetBlue Scholars success coach found that she had already earned about 72 of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s. The next step was assigning Linda online college courses provided by JetBlue business partners. 

Over a single year, Linda completed 16 classes! To make time, Linda says she gave up TV in the evenings and really focused on her classes. Linda completed courses on StraighterLine, and several courses on the Sophia platform.

“The platforms are easy to use and you can complete the courses at your own speed,” says Linda. 

In 2016 Linda completed her Capstone and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through Thomas Edison State University. When we asked her if she has advice for fellow Crewmembers considering JetBlue Scholars she said, "If I can do it, anyone can do it. I'm out of high school 40 years!"