Brett Christensen, M.S.
Canadian Defence Academy
Directorate of Learning Innovation
Class of 2010
In 2004 after an early mid-life career crisis, I left the field of naval acoustics to take on the role of a training officer. While pursuing my Training Development Officer qualification I was introduced to Boise State and the IPT program by two of my instructors who were enrolled in the program at that time. I was immediately enticed by the idea of being able to look at performance problems through the wider lens of a performance improvement practitioner vice a trainer. I resolved that HPT was the direction I was heading.
In 2007 my IPT journey began with acceptance into the program as a part time international student. I was impressed right off with the IPT Boot Camp and how the program was designed to set students up to succeed right out of the gate. My experience with every course was equally impressive. The faculty and staff were responsive to all my needs as a mature student working full time and juggling the responsibilities of a young family as well. Through the lens of an experienced e-learning designer, I was very pleased with the design and delivery of each course that I took. It was clear to me that Boise is a school that practices what it teaches. Throughout my studies I was able to use school projects to deliver performance improvement initiatives in my workplace, raising the profile of HPT and using what I was learning at the same time.
Completion of the M.S. Degree in IPT has been extremely rewarding both personally and professionally. Being a BSU graduate opened the door to promotion to Lieutenant Commander and a posting to a prestigious position at the Canadian Forces Warfare Center. I unreservedly recommend the IPT program to all my colleagues in defence training and development and to anyone I have met that is considering pursuing higher education in the performance field.