By Daniel Silver
Special to the Moorefield Examiner –
Etching her name in the state’s record books, a Moorefield High School alumna recently became the first ever community and technical college graduate to earn a bachelor’s degree through the BA Pathway Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) program.
As a WV Promise Scholar, Brittany M. Bush, MHS Class of 2010, completed two associate degrees, with a business concentration, at Eastern WV Community and Technical College in December 2011, winning both Dean’s and President’s List distinction along the way. Seeking to develop a still deeper knowledge and skill base, and “a realistic perspective on how to run a business,” she chose to continue her education towards a bachelor’s degree through an innovative online program offered through West Virginia University.
Last December 20, she attended Commencement in Morgantown, earning her B.A. with summa cum laude — the highest honor.
According to its website online.wvu.edu/pathway, the MDS program “allows students great flexibility in designing their own bachelor’s degree.” To chart a course of study that best meets their individual career goals, students work with an advisor “to select three degree minors (instead of one major).”
That custom-design feature appealed to Bush, as she discussed her plans in the fall of 2011 with Monica Wilson, Eastern’s Associate Director of Admissions. “The advisors at Eastern, and particularly Monica, helped me find something that fit me, and to make the transition to the Pathway program at WVU.”
Working in funeral homes since her junior high school year, Bush “graduated high school knowing that I wanted to become a funeral director, because my passion in life is helping others. And funeral services allow me to help an individual, or a whole family, at one of possibly the most difficult times of their whole lives.”