Community liaison in Bangor knows the territory
The newest staff addition to Brandman University’s Bangor campus is a familiar name to many on the Kitsap Peninsula. Longtime Bremerton resident Michael Goodnow is taking on the role of manager of Community and Corporate Relations.
“I’m excited to be able to share my Brandman experience with others who are considering earning their college degree,” said Goodnow. “Not only have I lived in the area for 20 years, I also earned my master’s degree in organizational leadership from Brandman, so I know what the education experience is like. I believe in the program and the way the programs are taught.”
Goodnow moved to the area while in the Navy, where he served on the USS Alaska as a sonar technician, based in Bangor. When he retired from the Navy in 2003, Goodnow became more involved in the community working with various nonprofit groups. He’s still active in the local community, serving as president of the Downtown Bremerton Association.
“For me, it’s all about relationship building, and helping people and businesses be successful so that our community is vibrant,” said Goodnow.
Goodnow officially started in his new position with Brandman on Aug.1 and is getting out the word about the Bangor campus and its recent partnership at Olympic College in Bremerton as another way to reach students. Brandman is rolling out a new bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and is actively seeking students to form a cohort early next year.
“Having a group of like-minded students who are seeking the same degree adds so much value to the process,” said Goodnow. “There are people to support you, ask questions and hold you accountable, so that if things become challenging, you have that extra motivation to keep going.”
Goodnow wants potential students to know about the value that a university degree can add. “It’s not just about advancing in your career, although that’s a primary motivation for many students,” said Goodnow. “Obtaining an education and a college degree can impact your entire life.”
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