Online learning helps a student pursue a second career in broadcasting
“I worked at the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office for about eleven years when I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. I had to have open heart surgery where they replaced two valves, my aortic and my mitral, and they had to repair my tricuspid. That forced me to retire from the Sheriff’s Office.”
“It took a little toll on me for about a year. I was trying to figure out what to do because I don’t like to sit in the house and do nothing. And somebody said, ‘Why don’t you just go back to school?’ And I said, ‘You know what? I’ll do that.’ So I went to school to get a degree in radio and television,” confided Jonathan Wigfall.
Jonathan first tried college in 1994 with the intention of becoming an electrical engineer. Although the heavy course load of technical subjects took its toll on him, he has fond memories of working at the campus radio station. Enrolling in Trident Technical College in South Carolina more than fifteen years later to pursue a second career, he followed his passion for broadcasting.
To fulfill his degree requirements, Jonathan took Contemporary Mathematics online during the fall of 2014. The course had assignments in MyMathLab®, an online learning tool, which helped him recall a lot of the math that he had forgotten.
“I knew some of the stuff, but MyMathLab helped me out a whole lot,” he explained. “It reminded me about certain formulas and how to use them. It was very visual.”
When he got stuck on a homework problem, Jonathan used the online learning tool’s “help me solve this” feature, which gave him step-by-step instructions for solving the problem so that he could apply the concepts to other problems.
MyMathLab helped me figure out how to solve problems.
Jonathan really appreciated having access to the online learning tool when he was hospitalized due to an illness. Using his laptop, he was able to keep up with his class during his recovery.
Jonathan received an A in the course and earned his associate’s degree in radio and broadcasting in May 2015 and his associate’s degree in post production in May 2016. He works as the overnight editor at WCIV, News 4, and is passionate about his work. “As long as I’m editing, I’m happy to be here,” he proclaimed.