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Alumni Spotlight

Highlighting USU-Brigham City Graduates

Kyle Whittaker

Kyle Whitaker, '17

Degree: Social Work

First Impression: I probably would have never gone back for my degree if it wasn't for USU Brigham City. Being older, I did not want to go to the main campus and be the old guy there. I enjoyed the smaller class sizes because it personalized the educational experience and I felt more of a connection with the other students and the teachers. The best part was having the campus so close to my home (just over a mile), and class times that accommodated my busy family and work schedule.

Now: After completing my degree, I moved from the Juvenile Justice system with the State of Utah to the Division of Child and Family Services as a caseworker. This change has allowed me to use my personal and educational experience to help families.

Ricki Burnett

Ricki Burnett, '16

Degree: Biological Science-Composite Teaching

First Impression: USU Brigham City allowed me to live at home and keep both my jobs. I was able to put money towards tuition rather than housing, helping to avoid student loans. The educational experience was personalized due to the small class sizes. The majority of my instructors knew my name and motivated me to create quality work and try my best. I had the opportunity to work as a tutor and discovered my love for teaching. Tutoring helped me develop methods to improve student understanding of difficult material.

Now: I am completing a yearlong internship with the Weber School District teaching 7th and 8th grade science. Once it's complete, I hope to continue teaching to obtain more experience and better my practice. I plan on continuing my higher education.

Diane Jones

Diane Jones, '16

Degree: Health Education and Promotion (Community Health)

First Impression: Attending USU Brigham City was one of the best decisions I did not only was the campus close to my home I loved the atmosphere it had. There were non-tradition and traditional students so you didn't feel like you didn't belong. I was still able to have a college experience in a much smaller scale. USU Brigham City instructors were amazing they prepared me to work in a professional setting by working in groups, listening to other, respecting others, and staying on schedule not to mention all the lessons that went along with my field. Going to USU Brigham City meant I was able to get the one on one experience with the instructors and be able to have tutors, gym, and daycare at my fingertips.

Now: I am currently working at Weber Human Service Prevention as a health educator. I am working on Opioid misuse and will be helping to bring awareness to Weber and Morgan county about the dangers of opioids and making sure they know how to safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of their opioids.

Kurt Cooper

Kurt Cooper, '14

Degree: Associate of Science

First Impression: USU Brigham City was a great experience. I enjoyed the smaller class sizes, and it was close to my home. I was able to commute easily from work and home. The class schedules also worked well with my schedule.

Now: Attending USU I was able to earn my associate and fulfill the prerequisite requirements needed for the nursing program. I am currently working as a Registered Nurse at South Ogden Surgical Center.

Clark Funk

Clark Funk, '11

Degree: Physical and Sport Education, MEd

First Impression: It was very accommodating to my schedule and family/work situation. It was just what I was looking for. It was so nice to have such high-quality classes right here in Brigham City.

Now: I work at Adele C. Young Intermediate school teaching boys 6th and 7th grade PE, and I coach football and track. It is my dream job and I feel my USU experience prepared me for what I am doing.

Ashlee Nelson

Ashlee Nelson, '07

Degree: Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, BS; Elementary Education, MEd

First Impression: Attending USU Brigham City allowed me to stay close to home while getting my education. I had a family and a job in Brigham City, and attending USU Brigham City helped me to balance everything.

Now: I am the principal of Three Mile Creek Elementary in Box Elder District.

Jill Roach

Jill Roach, '07

Degree: Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, BS

First Impression: I loved attending the Brigham City campus. This campus was so close to home. When I enrolled I had 5 small children and making a drive to main campus in Logan was just not going to be feasible with my time constraints. I love the staff! The math tutor was awesome and the facilitators were friendly and encouraging. The student services staff were helpful and knowledgeable.

Now: I was immediately employed days before I even finished my student teaching experience. I am still teaching, but now closer to home. I was offered my dream job of teaching in my children's school as a 3rd grade teacher.