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Posted by Daniel Sloan on Mar 22, 2017 3:02:39 PM

Dr. Priscilla Okunji is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC. She earned a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Trident in 2010, and has been part of Howard’s faculty since then.

Since her graduation, she has become a distinguished academic researcher. Her latest research project, which commenced earlier this year, is to enhance the use of electronic records to better understand diabetes and cardiovascular disorders in minority populations. Additionally, she has been named a diversity scholar through the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS).  

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?
Dr. Priscilla Okunji: Yes, I advanced from Instructor to Coordinator of the RN-to-BSN track (2011-2016) and tenure track Assistant Professor (2013-present). I have been awarded external and internal grants focused on the use of big data to knowledge (BD2K) to better understand health disparities.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Student Success, Alumni


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Feb 23, 2017 4:36:58 AM

Dr. Vincent Havrilko is an Air Force civilian serving the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 366th Mission Support Group, 366th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. He served for 22 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant.  

Dr. Havrilko completed a Ph.D. in Business Administration at Trident, as well as degrees at the master’s and bachelor’s levels. He is one of only nine alumni to have earned a degree at each program level from Trident.
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Topics: PhD Degrees, Business Adminstration, Military, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Military to Civilian Transition


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jan 10, 2017 7:35:18 PM

Eric Sessions, Jr. is a U.S. Naval Commissioned Officer, and in this capacity he has been selected by the President of the United States to serve indefinitely as an Information Professional Leader anywhere in the realms of acquisitions, project management, afloat communications systems, joint expeditionary communications planning, and cyber defense capacities.  

He is an alumnus of Trident’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Master of Science in Information Technology programs.

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?

Eric Sessions, Jr.: Since attending Trident, my professional credentials and accomplishments have increased significantly. Moreover, the education obtained at Trident propelled my opportunities in the U.S. Navy from being a non-commissioned Sailor to getting accepted into the Navy’s most rigorous and scrutinized commissioning avenue of Officer Candidate School. This has been a long standing goal of mine that was ultimately accomplished by pursuing higher learning at Trident.

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Topics: Information Systems, Master's Degrees, Military, Alumni


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Oct 26, 2016 8:20:09 AM

Josie Miller is a 2016 graduate of Trident’s Master of Science in Health Sciences program, as well as the winner of a 2016 Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) scholarship. Miller currently volunteers as a public health liaison and a mentor for an at-risk youth program in Port Orchard, WA.    

Trident: How did your experience at Trident allow you to focus on and develop your career?

Josie Miller: While attending Trident I was afforded the opportunity as a student representative to volunteer 12.5-hours of public health service for the Seattle/King County (SKC) Clinic in October 2015.  According to the SKC Team, a total of 4,010 patients (majority of which were homeless or from low income households) received over $3 million in health and dental care services.  Although I am familiar and have previous experience with community outreach programs, working as a volunteer for the SKC event presented network opportunities with fellow public health peers, as well as introductions to a variety of professional disciplines for future community health resources and opportunities.  

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Topics: Military Education, Master's Degrees, Veteran Education, College of Health and Human Services, Military to Civilian Transition


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Oct 24, 2016 5:23:16 PM

Stephen “Steph” Groce is a double alumnus of Trident, earning a Master of Business Administration in 2013 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2011. He currently works as an asset protection and safety leader for various retail, commercial, and non-profit organizations, specializing in investigation, recovery, and the training and development of staff.

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Topics: Master's Degrees, Bachelor's Degrees, Alumni, Master in Business Administration


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Oct 20, 2016 12:11:13 PM

On Thursday, Centurion Military Alliance held their first Washington, DC Warrior Transition Readiness Program. Designed for individuals who are planning to transition out of the military, these day-long seminars prepare participants with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed for success as a professional in the civilian world.

While talking to CMA’s founder and CEO Jarod Myers (pictured, far left), it quickly became clear how passionate he is about helping men and women of the military. It’s not just that Myers is also a veteran himself, it’s that he clearly understands that success as a civilian isn’t just about hard work – it’s also about having a strategy that is unique to that individual.

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Topics: Veterans, Military, Careers, Military to Civilian Transition


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Oct 17, 2016 2:32:15 PM

Dr. Alberto Llanes is a 2016 graduate of Trident’s Ph.D. in Business Administration program. He currently serves as the Chief Enterprise Architect for IRIS Health Solutions, LLC, supporting the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) as one of their two contractor Lead Enterprise Architects.

Trident: Since your time at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career? Or accomplished specific career goals?

Dr. Alberto Llanes: As a student at Trident my career progressed from chief technology officer of a small organization out of New York, through Lead Enterprise Architect at General Dynamics Information Technology, to Chief Enterprise Architect at IRIS Health Solutions, LLC. I’m better positioned to contribute to the betterment of our nation’s health system and have to give some of the credit to my learning at Trident University International. I am now a more disciplined critical thinker which has led to more career success.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Alumni


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Aug 15, 2016 5:51:49 AM

Emanuel “Manny” Sepulveda is a key player in Trident’s military and veteran education initiatives. As a Regional Manager of Strategic Military and Community Relations for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Sepulveda works with men and women with a military background who are seeking to further their education. As someone who’s made the same transition in the past, he understands the preparation needed to translate their success to the civilian world.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sepulveda enlisted in the Navy in 1988. Throughout his time in the Navy, he earned two Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, nine Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign awards. He served on submarine duty in the Mediterranean and the Arctic and time as a counselor recruiter.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Aug 2, 2016 9:21:49 AM

“Life kept me so busy so I didn’t have time to look back. Then one day earlier this summer my dissertation committee – Dr. Frank Gomez, Dr. Bernice B. Rumala, and Dr. Welford Roberts started calling me Dr. Fernando. I had just completed my doctorate at Trident,” remarked the newly minted Ph.D., Dr. Wickramarachchige Sugath Rohitha Fernando.

Dr. Fernando’s beginnings were humble. He came from a small village in Sri Lanka, growing up on a tea plantation. Each day would begin with walking several miles to school, and although this journey may have been difficult, it helped to build perseverance and focus.

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Topics: Health Sciences, Public Health, Doctoral Degrees, Student Success


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jul 22, 2016 5:00:00 PM

When it comes to your career, social media can be a major asset – or a major hindrance. If leveraged correctly, you can use your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook profiles to highlight your assets as a job candidate. 

During the Career Center’s April webinar, “Social Media for the Job Search,” we highlighted some of the most important things you should – and shouldn’t - be doing with your social profiles on these three networks.

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Topics: Career Services, Webinars, Careers, Social Media