Bachelor’s Degree

I’ve never been very regular on posting on my blog, however I’ve been trying to do better, especially regarding my monthly dividends from the stocks I invest in. You may have noticed I’ve been extremely quite these last couple of months. I decided in mid May that I wanted to finally finish my 4-year Bachelor’s degree. I have worked on this off and on for years. When my sister Michelle passed away about 6 1/2 years ago, I dropped out again and had never returned. At that time I was working on Bachelors of Science – Information Technology with a Security emphasis through Western Governors University. Since that time I have left the corporate job I had in Las Vegas, moved to Southern Utah, and have been doing a bunch of different things. It didn’t feel like an IT degree was as important to me as it once had. So, much like when I finally got my Associates degree from College of Southern Nevada, I decided to focus on business management instead of IT. I started at WGU on July 1, 2019. I had 15-classes left. Under the standard class schedule I would complete 4-classes during the 6-month semester, taking me much longer to complete than I wanted to. Due to being able to “Accelerate“, I was able to complete these 15-classes in under 2-months. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I now have my 4-year college degree, Bachelors of Science – Business Management.

I graduated with a High School Degree in 1999.
It took me 10-years to graduated with a 2-year Associates in Business in 2009.
It took me another 10-years to graduate with a 2-year Bachelors of Science – Business Management in 2019.

Just in time for my 20-year high school reunion… I have a 4-year college degree.

CCSN Security Breach

In February of 2007, the then named Community College of Southern Nevada had a server that was broken into. This server contained the Social Security Numbers, Full Names, and date of births of about 100,000 current and former students. They decided that May 2007 was a good time to notify everyone about the problem. I am one of the 100,000 people who received a letter regarding this.

I’d encourage anyone who went there (or, like me, still goes there), to contact the credit reporting companies and put Fraud Alert on their accounts. Although the College didn’t suggest it, I think they should have.

You can call 1-888-766-0008 (Equifax) and they’ll forward the Fraud Alert to the other two (Transunion and Experian) for you. You can also go to Experian’s website at experian.com/initialfraudreport and do the request online. Again, they’ll forward the information to the other two companies. If you (or anyone else) tries to get credit with your info over the next 90 days, the report is suppose to tell them to call you at the number(s) you give during the fraud alert registration and also informs the company that you may have been the victim of fraud.

I’d also recommend going to www.OptOutPrescreen.com and get your name off the credit card offers list.

CCSN Security Breach

In February of 2007, the then named Community College of Southern Nevada had a server that was broken into. This server contained the Social Security Numbers, Full Names, and date of births of about 100,000 current and former students. They decided that May 2007 was a good time to notify everyone about the problem. I am one of the 100,000 people who received a letter regarding this.

I’d encourage anyone who went there (or, like me, still goes there), to contact the credit reporting companies and put Fraud Alert on their accounts. Although the College didn’t suggest it, I think they should have.

You can call 1-888-766-0008 (Equifax) and they’ll forward the Fraud Alert to the other two (Transunion and Experian) for you. You can also go to Experian’s website at experian.com/initialfraudreport and do the request online. Again, they’ll forward the information to the other two companies. If you (or anyone else) tries to get credit with your info over the next 90 days, the report is suppose to tell them to call you at the number(s) you give during the fraud alert registration and also informs the company that you may have been the victim of fraud.

I’d also recommend going to www.OptOutPrescreen.com and get your name off the credit card offers list.

What's in a name?

I’ve been planning on posting this for a while, but figured now was as good of time as any.

What’s in a name? Would I be a different person if my name wasn’t Michael? Does a name in and of itself define you? Perhaps your name can cause others to pre-judge you.

The Nevada System of Higher Education has decided that a name is important enough that Community College of Southern Nevada and Western Nevada Community College will be renamed effective July 1, 2007. Both will be dropping the word “Community” from their name and will, therefore, be renamed “College of Southern Nevada” and “Western Nevada College”.

edit: 4 Feb 2008 – Updated URLs for the two schools as they have changed their domain names.

What's in a name?

I’ve been planning on posting this for a while, but figured now was as good of time as any.

What’s in a name? Would I be a different person if my name wasn’t Michael? Does a name in and of itself define you? Perhaps your name can cause others to pre-judge you.

The Nevada System of Higher Education has decided that a name is important enough that Community College of Southern Nevada and Western Nevada Community College will be renamed effective July 1, 2007. Both will be dropping the word “Community” from their name and will, therefore, be renamed “College of Southern Nevada” and “Western Nevada College”.

edit: 4 Feb 2008 – Updated URLs for the two schools as they have changed their domain names.