While Ruben Johnson was serving as a Marine in the United States Armed Services, he earned his associate’s degree in general studies from the University of Maryland and his Bachelor’s of Science degree in logistics management from Park University in Missouri.

(Photo Courtesy of Ruben Johnson)

(Photo Courtesy of Ruben Johnson)

“I wanted to make more money and get into corporate management,” said Johnson, who decided to pursue a master’s in business with a focus on technology management from the University of Phoenix.

“It allowed me the convenience to continue to work and provide for my family while furthering my education,” said Johnson about making the decision to pursue his education online.

When the chemical company he worked for was bought out by another company and downsizing started, Johnson was confident that he would be able to get another job because he was finishing up his master’s degree.  Right after finishing his master’s, Johnson decided to pursue his doctorate.

Johnson attended an adjunct instructional fair at the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and accepted a teaching position at the North Lake campus.  Soon, thereafter, Johnson was made a full-time faculty member and within four years was made executive dean of the Business and Technology Division at Cedar Valley College.

In pursuing his master’s degree, Johnson said, “Getting my master’s degree has helped me help others.  We (instructors and support staff at the college) encourage students to pursue their education.  It will improve their income bracket and make them more marketable.”

Johnson doesn’t just “talk the talk,” he is “walking the walk.” He is finishing up his doctoral studies in Management of Organizational Leadership at the University of Phoenix.

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