Sometimes, seemingly inconvenient situations can lead to innovative solutions that simplify life.
When COVID-19 moved all in-person courses online in March, students and instructors at the College of Professional Education (CPE) quickly adapted to new ways of teaching and learning. Meta Evans, a student in the Paralegal Certificate program, embraced the challenge. In the process, she has discovered that distance learning helps her balance her daily responsibilities with the demands of professional education.
“I currently work as a financial advocate at a cancer clinic in Alpharetta, which is far from my home,” Evans said. “Being able to come home from work and take my paralegal courses online gives me more time to prepare dinner and help my family before class. I work directly with patients in my current job, so I don’t have the option to work from home. Not having to drive to and from school, in addition to my work commute, has been a major benefit for me.”
A Passion Reignited
While Evans enjoys working in healthcare, she is excited to one day pursue a legal career.
“I developed a passion for criminal justice in high school,” Evans said. “I took a few criminal justice courses, but stopped for personal reasons. Now I’m ready for a career change. I’ve taken classes at Kennesaw State before, so KSU came to mind when I started searching for paralegal programs. The cost of the program at CPE and pay-as-you-go pricing were most attractive to me.”
After enrolling in the program to prepare for her new career, Evans discovered that her paralegal courses are helpful in other areas of life.
“One of the most valuable courses I’ve taken so far is Real Estate Law,” says Evans. “When I’m ready to purchase a home, I’ll have the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision. Learning all of the real estate terms has been very helpful.”
A Solid Plan for Career Success
Evans plans to earn her Paralegal Certificate in March 2021. With her new credential in hand, she’ll be ready to do what it takes to launch her legal career.
“Once I complete the program, I’m willing to gain hands-on experience before I transition into a full-time paralegal job,” Evans said. “I want to work my way up with an internship or a position as a legal secretary. I hope to go to law school one day. Family law is definitely an area that interests me.”
Evans has advice for those who are considering the Paralegal Certificate program. “If you plan to enroll, be sure to study and make attendance a priority. Also, know that what you are learning in class can help you in everyday life.”
The Paralegal Certificate program at CPE focuses on Georgia law and consists of 13 courses. Students who take two courses each session can expect to graduate in approximately 12 months. The program offers both day and evening classes and features pay-as-you-go pricing.