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Lifelong Goal Achieved at MNU

Jerome Parker
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Alumnus Jerome Parker

“They show a genuine interest in helping you succeed and are always available,” Parker stated. “This is the first time, out of all my schooling, I had that kind of experience with my professors.”

Jerome Parker has always been a goal-oriented man. Parker is a 2017 graduate of MNU with a Master of Science in Management (MSM). By earning this degree, he was able to check one item off his bucket list: a master’s degree by age 50.     

 

Parker currently lives in Kansas City with his wife and is employed by McDonald’s Corp. That’s right. He works for McDonald’s, but it’s not exactly what you think. Parker spends his time consulting with the owners of 38 restaurants from Illinois to Kansas City. He helps them grow their own business and inspects each location to make sure quality, service and cleanliness goals are met.     

 

The master’s classes he completed at MNU perfectly aligned with his current job responsibilities and career opportunities. Parker found classes on organizational development were immediately useful since McDonald’s was going through a restructuring period.   

 

“I was able to implement what I was learning almost immediately,” he commented.     

 

Parker is very proud of his new degree. He chose MNU’s program because he says it is highly respected in the region and offered him a degree from a highly credible institution. He enjoys learning in the classroom setting with actual classmates he can see, and that is just what MNU was able to offer. His cohort became like family to him, and the professors were very supportive.     

 

“They show a genuine interest in helping you succeed and are always available,” Parker stated. “This is the first time, out of all my schooling, I had that kind of experience with my professors.”

 

With this degree, Parker is on the fast-track for another leadership position at McDonald’s Corp. The company is looking at developing him and helping him advance. Besides these opportunities, his degree has already helped him be of better service to his customers.     

 

“All of the classes related to my job, which is coaching and consulting,” he said. “It helped me have crucial conversations with my customers on an individual level. It might be about ethics, finances or human resources, but all the classes tied into what I do.”     

 

And now with one less item on his bucket list, he is moving on to the next. As part of his yearlong 50th birthday celebration, he’s going on an African safari! This busy, ambitious man is proud to say MNU helped him achieve his goal.

 

Interesting Facts about Jerome Parker:

  • He collects Invicta watches—87 and counting!
  • He wears a different watch every day, but confesses he looks at his cellphone to check the time!

Update Dec. 1, 2017: Jerome learned that effective Jan. 1, 2018, he will be promoted to Field Service Manager. "My experience and master's degree positioned me for advancement," Jerome said. "I am blessed and grateful. I give God all praise and thanks." 

  

 

 

 

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