Real Student Stories: Gordon Winn

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an undergraduate student at Brandman University? Get an inside perspective from Gordon Winn, 2014 Southern California Commencement Ceremony speaker who attained his bachelor’s in organizational leadership.

Like many Americans who experienced the hardships of the most recent great recession, Winn was faced with the opportunity to evolve in order to stay competitive in the workplace and decided that continuing his education was the best way to Move Up in his career. As an adult student he tells his story of going back to school and the benefits he found in Brandman’s blended and online course instruction.


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VO:  My name is Gordon Winn; I am the director of business development for General Contractor in Newport Beach, California. Originally, I had little intention to go to college, and then, what happened was I got that summer time job. And then thought to myself, ‘Hey, I’ve got a job now that people with degrees have.’ But then as I got older and was starting to work with more degreed people, it was something that was eating me inside that all the people that I was working with, they had degrees, and I didn’t.

VO:  In September of 2009, I was laid off as a result of the recession and no work in the industry. The construction industry was in bad shape. We had over 30% unemployment. I was driven to continue my education by the fact that so many people were requiring degreed candidates. And without that degree, I was unable to get an interview.

VO:  When I was searching for colleges, I came across Brandman. The fact that Brandman University was a not-for-profit school, really sealed the deal for me. I wanted to be able to attend a college, where I knew that my money, my tuition, was being used for the school and not being paid to the shareholders.

VO:  I enjoyed the blended program at Brandman because I was able to have online classes, and ground classes. The online classes were great because I was able to do my studying at home, and with the online blackboard discussions, I was able to communicate with the other students in the class and work with them. Ground classes were very important to me because I love the interaction, the face-to-face interaction with other students.

VO:  I really feel that receiving my degree from Brandman University has helped me move up in my career. I’m much more confident in my collaborations with my other team members, and the work that I do produce I feel much more confident with.

VO:  I’m excited about the upcoming graduation. And I am tremendously excited about my opportunity to be this year’s commencement speaker. It’s pretty cool.

VO:  My advice to anyone considering completing their degree at Brandman University would be to just do it. There is no reason not to. It’s a great program.

VO:  My name is Gordon Winn and I am graduating today with my Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational leadership and I am grateful to Brandman University for opening the doors to my future.