news-category: Alumni

Degree Completion Program Student Learns Skills to Help People Through Difficult Transitions

Claire Bowen (’16) Appreciates Opportunity to Learn in a Christian Environment

Before enrolling in the Gardner-Webb University Degree Completion Program (DCP), Claire Bowen, of Stokes County, N.C., worked in a geriatric psychiatric unit and saw the important role of human services. She realized people need someone to listen and point them to valuable community resources where they can find more help.

Bowen decided to go back to school and earn her bachelor’s degree and work with youth and adults going through difficult transitions in life. She had a couple of reasons for choosing to finish her degree at Gardner-Webb. “My faith in God led me to Gardner-Webb, with its strong Christian foundation,” she reflected. “Also, my younger sister and her husband went to Gardner-Webb for their associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. With the knowledge and strengths they learned and adopted, they have become brilliant professionals.”

Claire Bowen and child

Bowen was able to major in human services and criminal justice because of her previous college credits. From her internships to her advisors, professors and classmates, Bowen appreciated her entire DCP experience. “My advisors were able to give me choices that fit my schedule,” assessed Bowen, who has a young son. “My classmates were serious about their education and about helping others with their knowledge. With God allowing the opportunities for my internships, I am able to see mental health from different perspectives. My professors cared about teaching their subjects to the fullest understanding and helping their students use their knowledge and not just apply the information to testing.”

Three professors who influenced her the most were Dr. Bill Greenwood, Professor Donald Taylor III and Professor Homer Craig. “Dr. Greenwood taught me in Old Testament during my first semester,” she shared. “He helped me build a trust in God and God’s word. Professor Taylor taught my Introduction to Clinical Practice and Group Dynamics classes. His goal was to show each student how to work in the clinical setting of psychology. Using a distinctive hands-on approach, he guided the students to their highest potential. Professor Craig has taught a few of my Criminal Justice classes. He inspires us to set higher goals and listen to God’s wisdom when deciding long-term goals.”

Previous News Article

Gardner-Webb Physician Assistant (PA) Student Provides Primary Care During Coronavirus

Next News Article

Celebrating The Year of the Nurse

Related News

  • News Article

    GWU President Names Interim VP for Christian Life and Service

    Neal Payne, Associate Minister for Student Ministries, Begins New Role on Aug. 1 BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University President William Downs has appointed Neal Payne as interim vice president for Christian […]

    Neal Payne standing in front of the stained glass in Tucker Chapel
  • News Article

    Gardner-Webb School of Divinity Offers New Master’s in Bible and Theology

    Students Can Earn Degree to Strengthen Their Ministry and Gain Deeper Understanding of Scripture BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Gardner-Webb School of Divinity is offering a new program in the 2022 Fall […]

  • News Article

    Gardner-Webb ROTC Cadet Perseveres to Earn Master’s and Become an Officer

    2nd Lt. Ngoufack Tsafack, ’22, Received Help from GWU and Fellow Cadets to Stay in School A native of Cameroon in Central Africa, Ngoufack Tsafack, ’22, came to America in […]

    2nd Lt. Ngoufack Tsafack receives his officer bars in the commissioning ceremony