Trying to instill in his teenaged sons Colton and Spencer the importance of a college degree when he hadn't earned one himself wasn't easy for Todd Klein '08.
"I'm at a different stage in my life than when I was a traditional age student years ago, and that makes it a lot easier."
But since entering St. Ambrose University's ACCEL Program to complete his bachelor’s degree in business administration, Klein has been able to set the kind of example that he believes will make the difference.
As with many ACCEL students, Klein balances college with his family life and work as a major gift officer for the Genesis Health Foundation. His life at home involves helping his wife of 20 years, Julie, care for their youngest son, Logan, 13, whose health is affected by a rare genetic disorder.
"Every day is a struggle," Klein admits, "trying to juggle everything."
Fortunately, the ACCEL Program makes this balancing act manageable. Klein attends class with other working adults who share common goals and situations. "I’m at a different stage in my life than when I was a traditional age student years ago, and that makes it a lot easier," he says. "My classes have more meaning now because I can apply them directly to my job."
Best of all, Klein enjoys the process of learning through teaching others and having lively discussions—which is precisely the kind of college experience he wishes for Colton, Spencer and Logan some day soon.