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Allston-Bing then set her sights on senior-level HR positions, which required a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. To put herself in the running for these roles, she enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management degree program at Strayer.
“It was a struggle going back to school and being a single mother,” she said. “But Strayer staff was always responsive, whether I had questions related to coursework or financial aid. I leaned on my professors whenever I came to a crossroads with an assignment deadline. I was not a slacker, but life happens. There were times when I asked if I could submit an assignment a little late. The Strayer staff was very approachable and flexible.”
Despite the challenges, Allston-Bing graduated cum laude with a BBA in Human Resources Management.
Again, she could’ve stopped there. But she didn’t.
“I had a hunger to go as high as I could,” she said. “Each degree level gave me the determination to keep going.”
Allston-Bing went back to Strayer for a Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management, graduating summa cum laude. After graduation, Allston-Bing was hired as the HR director for the City of Douglasville, GA. Allston-Bing’s exceptional professional achievements and community contributions earned her the Strayer University 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award at the Atlanta commencement.
“Without my Strayer degrees,” she said, “I wouldn’t have been able to progress up the ladder the way that I did.”