Bill Heacock, M.S.
Heacock, Perez, & Associates
Class of 1998
Prior to the finding Boise State’s IPT program, I was unhappily entrenched in a dead-end position as an instructor for a national seminar company. I had gained some expertise in training delivery as a long-time practitioner, but knew I did not have the depth of knowledge nor credentials in the field to break away on my own and succeed as a private consultant.
In the mid-90’s, I was delighted beyond words to find a description of the Boise State IPT online graduate program in an old copy of ISPI’s Performance Improvement Journal. It actually appeared possible to travel and conduct seminars around the country, yet still complete coursework at night and on weekends.
In the several years that followed, I dialed in via modem from countless hotel rooms, from just about every state in the union (and a handful of other countries), through antiquated hotel switchboards, at a blazing 1200 bps. Along the way, I was hugely impressed by the expertise of the faculty and the amount I was able to learn from my fellow online students.
With degree in hand, I was indeed able to quit my old position and start my own consulting company. Given the breadth and depth of my Boise State experience, there are very few performance improvement situations that I cannot address and, having learned a bit about “learning to learn” at Boise State, I am able to continually expand my expertise and keep up with changing technologies.
My Boise State experience was literally a life-changing event for me and I would heartily recommend it to anyone.