Charles Millhollan graduates from UWP online program
PLATTEVILLE - While busy being a husband, father, teacher and an intelligence officer in the United States Navy, Charles Millhollan found time to earn his masters degree in project management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Millhollan, a resident of Jacksonville, Fla., learned about the UWP master's program through an internet search for distance learning programs. He had previously completed his MBA at the University of Florida in 2000. Deciding to return to school, Millhollan spoke with academic counselors and, with some reflection, pursued a master's degree in project management.
"I thought that this program would be a good complement to my current skills and education," Millhollan said. "I needed a program that would allow me the flexibility to participate in everything I was doing asynchronously."
Millhollan is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. He also sits for the Certified Quality Manager certification through the American Society for Quality in October. In addition Millhollan plans to retire after over 20 years from the military in August of next year and go into the project management, quality management or operations management field.
While balancing all of these positions and online classes, Millhollan made time with his wife and six children his number one priority. He remained active in his children's academic lives by being a board member of the Academic Advisory Council and active in their extracurricular activities as a parent volunteer.
Additionally, Millhollan teaches primarily project, quality and operations management courses to both graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Phoenix and the University of North Florida. He is also able to conduct corporate education courses in project management through a local consulting agency.
"I've completed courses through satellite campuses, through traditional classrooms, through directed studies (self-paced) and finally online through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Each modality has advantages and disadvantages, but my personal experience was that I learned more from online courses," Millhollan said. " I think that the isolation from the instructor encouraged me to search for my own answers instead of relying on lecture or face to face opportunities to seek clarification."