Lauri McGivern is many things: a volunteer emergency medical technician, a mother of two, and more recently, a fellow of American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI), making her the only ABMDI certified death investigator in New England.
But getting that certification required an undergraduate degree — something she had lacked before discovering Johnson State’s External Degree Program.
“I went to college immediately after finishing high school but was offered a job in the field I wanted within a year, so I withdrew,” Lauri says. “I’d always wanted to finish my degree, but with work and family, it was difficult to focus on my education.”
Then she discovered EDP. The program’s adjustable schedule stood out to her: She could take the courses she needed for her degree within a timeframe that wouldn’t slow down her progress. “With EDP, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Lauri says.
That light included a bioethics course she says she took on a whim — and later learned it was essential knowledge that helped her advance in her career. “It really gave me insight into issues I deal with on a daily basis,” Lauri says of the course.
Since earning her degree from Johnson State in 2010, Lauri went on to pursue a graduate certificate in forensic death investigation – and she’s now working toward a master’s degree in public health from the University of Vermont.
Lauri highly recommends EDP to others looking to gain knowledge and skills to advance in their careers. “It really opened the door for me to continue my education in areas that support my professional career,” Lauri says of her Johnson State degree. “I tell people that EDP makes what seems impossible, possible.”