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By Caryn Knight, '17
B.A. in Organizational Management Student

Caryn Knight stands and smiles holding a textbook.I have worked in the "death care industry" for almost a decade. My current job with Service Corporation International entails developing and equipping leaders in Washington, Oregon and Nevada who work each day with grieving people. I ensure that they have the proper tools and support to provide seamless service to families who choose cremation.

Education and building a knowledge base have always been priorities for me. When I was the general manager of four Spokane-area SCI funeral homes, I had reached a point in my career where I was looking for growth. The qualifications for positions at corporate headquarters included a bachelor's degree. I had my associate's degree, so I looked into local options for bridging the gap. I found Whitworth through its excellent advertising — and the rest, as they say, is history.

After I began classes at Whitworth, I was promoted to a regional position and began traveling almost weekly. The Whitworth School of Continuing Studies has been instrumental in providing the flexibility I need to succeed both in my new job and in my classes. And the cohort model allows me to grow in trust with my classmates as we traverse the program as a team. I can't imagine another program that would provide access to a bachelor's degree with as many benefits.

I am benefiting from my Whitworth education in myriad ways. The classes, the professors and my classmates have taught me priceless lessons about the business world, passionate teaching, and the roles of vulnerability and authenticity in group-work. I've also become more confident in taking on challenges and learning from them. My kids both earned their bachelor's degrees before I did, and they inspired me to do the same. Taking classes at Whitworth motivates me to keep growing, reaching and dreaming!