Heartland is a Global Payments company. We’re
represented in 31 countries, my job title is director of operations of… of employee
engagement. I’ve been with the company 19 years. So I manage a program called Heartland
University. Heartland University is a unique program. There are no other companies to my
knowledge that do a 100%, paid for education, um, and services that are onsite by the college,
and the idea of this program is to offer, uh, degrees, at no cost to our employees.
It’s all onsite, here, at our facility so the colleges come here. It’s a complete degree
completion program. We have an Associate Degree in Business Administration that we offer our
employees here and we have a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration that we offer with
a concentration in management. I always wanted to go back to school, but
I have two small kids, and so it wasn’t really an option. And so, as soon as I heard that
Heartland was coming up with this program, uh, I jumped on it. It was really, really
tough. It was a hard commitment to make, but I decided that there is just no better opportunity
to get a free eduction, completely debt free and to do it where I never had to step foot
on a campus, the books are mailed to my house, I literally just show up and stay after work.
So, juggling the sitters and making sure the kids are where they need to be. I absolutely
don’t think that I would have been able to get my degree and complete it without Heartland
and Indiana Tech partnering. I think the course are actually very challenging.
With having the five-week schedule, you start your class. Usually you’ll do introductions,
then you’re getting ready for midterm and then you do midterm, you’re ready for finals.
So, they go super-fast, so I enjoy the five-week classes. I wasn’t that great in high school.
I was kind of a C/D average person. Now I’ve been A- maintaining an A/B average. As it’s-
it’s more pride in yourself, so when I cross the stage it’s gonna be a sense of pride. when I first was out of high school, I went
to IUS, and received, uh, about 75 credit hours. at that point, then life kind got in
the way, and fast forward a few years, then here we are today. And it was just always
a goal of mine that I wanted to get finished up, and have my bachelor’s degree in order
to go along with the experience that I’ve had out in the workplace. I think the best
thing about Indiana Tech and pursuing my degree was the instructors. They absolutely brought
a lot of care to the classroom. And I think they felt as invested in getting us over our
goal line as we did. So, they, the instructors were amazing. My goal here at Heartland is to advance, that’s
always been from day one. I’ve started at the, the bottom rung, and I’ve been able to
advance to the management position I’m in now. And just having a Bachelor’s degree definitely
gives me a leg up on anybody that doesn’t if I’m looking to advance more, which I always
am. With Heartland here, they have it structured into where you have … you’re in the same
classes with the same people as much as possible, and that, honestly, was huge. The networking
is, is almost as valuable as the degree itself here at Heartland, because I was able to get
in with so many other departments, and learn from them and, and … Honestly, there’s a
lot of different managers, and, and higher up management teams that, that do this, so
you get in with other departments, and the networking has been tremendous, uh, because
of these classes. It’s been very helpful in my job, in helping me do my job, and that’s
outside of the degree itself, which is, you know, obviously very nice to have for whatever
the future may hold. Hi, I’m Amber Stubblefield, Randy Nichols, Kim Pritchard, Jeremy Crawford. And I’m a business analyst, I’m an operations specialist, Credit underwriting manager, Manager of the Heartland Gift and Analytics
Teams, with Heartland Payment Systems.