Adam Little of Ironwood will be the first graduate of Northern Michigan University's bachelor of applied science in management program in December. He was able to fulfill the degree requirements entirely online while he continued working two jobs. The BAS is intended for those who previously earned an associate degree in a technical field. It helps them acquire skills needed to advance to managerial careers.
“The online flexibility was crucial in order to continue my education as a nontraditional student,” said Little, who works as a network administrator for Gogebic Community College and as a private IT consultant. “There's a lot of value in being able to stay in the U.P. and seek a bachlor's without having to commute or live in Marquette.”
Because of the credits Little accumulated in earning three previous associate degrees from GCC, he was able to complete Northern's BAS program in one year. It typically takes students two or three years.
“A bachelor's degree is a big door-opener no matter where you're at. And the value of the courses was substantial. They helped me wrap my mind around running a business in terms of personnel management, and also management techniques in a global economy. I also learned valuable techniques for setting business goals and objectives.
“Even though I work in IT, I do get involved in discussions on how I can help our faculty succeed and what equipment to invest in. Having that business sense helps you see the full picture and puts you in a better position to determine needs and how to achieve objectives.”
Little said his long-term goal revolves around community outreach and program development. He would like to get high school students in rural areas involved in technology, starting with a coding program in the Ironwood area.
“Technology is near and dear to my heart, and you can do it from anywhere,” said the Houghton native. “If you have internet access, that's pretty much all you need.”
Learn more about Northern's BAS program here.