Credentials offer competitive advantage

October 16, 2013
Scott Knapp


Theology was Scott Knapp’s first field of study. But when he met the woman he would marry, the priesthood plan required revision, so he focused his drive and discipline into the profession of finance. Years later, with his career well established, he returned to higher education. Scott values the competitive edge distance education offers to those who are already established in their careers. “It’s a competitive world and people need to be on top of their game from an experience and a credentials perspective.”

“I already had a solid career and the objective of attending UW-Platteville was to enhance my business credentials, so reputation, bricks and mortar, and being a UW System school all meant a lot to me,” said Scott, director of investment strategy for CUNA Mutual Group. He entered the print-based business administration program in the late 1990s, just prior to completing the Chartered Financial Analyst program, the “gold standard” in the investment industry.

In May of 2010, Scott completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration. With two credentials earned, he wasted no time before starting a third and immediately entered a master’s program at Boston University. “The transition from UW-Platteville to Boston University was seamless; they are both quality programs within quality organizations,” Scott said.

What are Scott’s plans after completing his master’s degree in May of 2012? “My next step is to extract value from my education and to apply everything that I’ve gained in my educational experience to its highest and best use.”

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