Whitmore Embodies “Life Long Learner” Mentality
June 19, 2013
It was 1982 when Richard Whitmore took his first college class and embarked upon a career in what was then an emerging computer industry. Thirty years later, he has received his bachelor’s degree in operations management, crowning an academic career that has spanned four decades.
In the intervening years, Whitmore built an impressive career as a computer programmer, writing much of the software still used today in the floorcovering industry. When the demands of business required more than the technical expertise to deliver software and evolved more into business leadership, he came back to school and took care of business, specifically in the School of Business at Dalton State College.
As a non-traditional student Whitmore returned to Dalton State at an opportune time just after it affiliated with the Adult Learning Consortium of the University System of Georgia. As an adult learner, Whitmore was able to utilize the Prior Learning Assessment process to earn college credit by demonstrating mastery of content typically covered in several college courses. In Whitmore’s case, mastery was demonstrated by scoring successfully on departmental and national standardized examinations. For others, mastery can be demonstrated by completion of correspondence courses, extension work, advanced placement, and PLA by portfolio.
Students can earn as many as 30 semester hours of credit by any combination of the above.
Because of the credit he received through PLA, Whitmore was able to double down and complete other coursework quicker, earning his bachelor of business administration degree in industrial operations management in two years.
Even with a demanding schedule balancing both home life and a career, Whitmore proved to be an ideal student, earning an impressive 3.85 grade point average and scoring in the 99th percentile of graduating business students nationwide on a major field test administered by the Education Testing Service.
The 120-question ETS test assesses mastery of concepts, principles, and knowledge of graduating business students nationwide and covers areas including accounting, economics, management, quantitative business analysis, information systems, international issues, finance, marketing, and legal and social environment.
While at Dalton State, Whitmore was a member of the national business honorary society, Beta Gamma Sigma, and was named Outstanding Student in Operations Management. He plans to continue his education in the MBA program at Georgia Tech.