Molly McClure just earned her doctorate is in Educational Administration! She wrote her dissertation on the Social and Educational Experiences of Part-time Degree Seeking Students at a Rural Community College. Molly chose to pursue this degree for personal fulfillment.
One of her mentors, Dr. Mark Englert, told her, “Life is about being ready to do whatever you want, should the opportunity arise. If you have this degree completed even without an ultimate goal, you can do anything you want”. So she enrolled in the program while working for him at NWCCD as the Manager of Student Engagement.
Outside of work and higher education, she likes to travel, especially to golfing destinations. Golf is one of her biggest hobbies, so summer cannot come soon enough! Molly and her friend are planning a quick golf trip at the end of February as a celebration of finally completing this arduous journey. She hopes to play four fun courses and see a little sunshine before returning to the cold. Travel and golf have been her main outside interests, since she hasn’t had a lot of free time while going to school and working.
Completing her degree wouldn’t have been possible without the help of so many. From the folks during her time in Gillette and Sheridan who encouraged her to begin, the faculty who supported her through edits and revisions, the employees of Western who value education enough to give her some flexibility while completing, and of course her friends and family, who gave Molly the encouragement necessary to complete her doctorate. Finally, her Dissertation Chair Dr. Suzanne Young, who inherited the project and was able to help her create something she could truly be proud of.
Pictured are Molly and her uncle, Tim Beppler, J.D. (he promised to grow a ponytail when she finished). If you see Molly, be sure to give her a pat on the back for her tremendous accomplishment.