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Rodney Fink

Aerospace Inside CSSR supervisor at Alcoa

Adult learners helping adult learners made the ACCEL program work for Rodney Fink.

In his own words:

"It was tailored to working adults. They were respectful of our time and needs."

Adult learners helping adult learners is what made the St. Ambrose University ACCEL program work best for Rodney Fink, who graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the age of 53 this past May.

"It felt like a family," he said. "We would offer encouragement to fellow students who couldn't always see the end of the tunnel."

Fink felt that way himself when the recession hit in 2008 and his company's tuition remission program became a cost-cutting casualty. Then, when he started back, his son Brian, a Marine, received orders for the first of his three overseas deployments.

Stopping and starting to accommodate life's challenges is a functional option in an ACCEL program structured for working adults. And while, it took a bit longer for Fink, the walk across the stage to collect his degree was well worth the wait.

"Wow, what a feeling," said Fink, who also became a grandfather in 2016.

"The program molded me into the person I am today," he said. "It has helped with my confidence and ability to see things from different perspectives."