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Inspiring Instructors: Meet Michele Hawkins, Faculty Coordinator, Chula Vista Campus

Posted: August 20, 2020 by June Gudeman, Alumni Coordinator
Photo of Michele Hawkins, Faculty Coordinator at our Chula Vista, California campus.
Michele Hawkins, Faculty Coordinator at our Chula Vista, California campus.
 


Michele Hawkins is the Faculty Coordinator at our Chula Vista, California campus. She chose to continue her education by earning both her Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Care Administration.  Hear from Michele how she was able to balance full-time work with the 100 percent online schooling.
 
Q. Which program did you complete and what made you decide to continue your education online?
A. "In 2011, I completed the associate degree program for Health Care Administration. For a number of reasons I waited to begin the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration program, but at 52 years old in March 2019, I started the program and graduated in June 2020! In the beginning, I had reservations about online learning. I had been in a classroom environment for 11 years and it is what I knew and was comfortable with. But, I jumped into it and honestly adapted quite quickly."
 
Q. What made you choose Pima Medical’s program?
A. "I believe in our mission and what we stand for. There was never any question of choosing any other institution."
 
Q. What was it like to manage a full-time position and your course load?
A. "When I started the associate degree program in 2011, I had four kids at home all playing sports and I was working a full-time job. My planner and I were inseparable. I still have it and it is a testament to students who struggle with working school into their schedule. It was a lot more manageable than I expected and the only thing that suffered was my TV time. It was a small price to pay for an education!"
 
Q. Did you feel like the coursework was practical for your profession?
A. "Absolutely! I cannot tell you how many times I refer to what I have learned from courses in both programs. I apply my learning experiences from the courses I have taken into my position here at Pima Medical on a daily basis. The biggest shift in thinking for me has been in seeing the bigger picture and knowing that every decision I make can reflect on the company as a whole."
 
Q. Would you encourage others to continue their education and would you recommend this program?
A. "Yes! I do every chance I get. My family, students and co-workers have heard me say more than once, I don’t care where you go to school just go ... but I chose Pima Medical!"
 
Some of them have listened and that makes me so proud! In fact, my daughter completed the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences online program a couple of years ago after completing the Radiography program, both at Pima Medical.
 
Are you interested in pursuing your bachelor’s degree? If you are a Pima Medical graduate, you might be able to transfer your associate degree credits into the BSHCA program. Online classes start soon.

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