DeAnn Allen, M.S.
Class of 2011
My goal for attaining a Master’s Degree was to make a career change once I realized an IPT-related field was where I wanted to make a difference. I researched many programs before choosing IPT at Boise State, and I could not be happier with my decision. What drew me to the program the most was the breadth of the curriculum. Before the program, I was familiar with training and development and instructional design. However, being introduced to Human Performance Technology (HPT), which encompasses these aspects of the field, opened so many new doors and piqued my career interests in new ways. I also did not understand the importance of the other HPT focuses, including change management, sustainability, evaluation, etc. Now after three short years, I feel ready to go out and tackle a career.
I started the program online and completed my last full year on campus as a Graduate Assistant. I also had the opportunity, through the program, to intern at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center’s Boise campus as an Instructional Designer for a semester. Whether online or on campus, I thoroughly enjoyed the environment, the classes and the problem-based learning approaches offered. Being able to work individually, collaboratively, and directly with clients to produce project work was invaluable to me upon graduation. I’ve been able to use my accomplishments and my portfolio during job interviews to display practical experience. The results have been incredibly positive with many accolades given to the IPT program and my resulting abilities and experiences from each course. Not only do I feel like I’m approaching a new career with a comprehensive skill-set, I know that I have an ever-lasting support network and community of practice that will continue to grow with me. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, BSU’s IPT program will complete your personal Behavioral Engineering Model (BEM)!