Completing a college education can be a marathon while working multiple jobs, attending classes, finishing coursework and still being present for a wife and daughter. Jason Howson ’15 was able to maintain all of those things and finally cross the finish line to receive a Bachelor of Science in Child, Family and Community Studies degree through Merrimack College’s Office of Professional Studies.
After previously beginning a degree in accounting, Jason realized his true calling was teaching when he found himself as a Teaching Assistant in a course at Middlesex Community College. The professor he worked with noticed his skill in the classroom and encouraged him to pursue teaching.
“I switched my major to education and took a position as a substitute teacher which further cemented the idea that this was the right thing for me,” says Jason. That is when he enrolled in his degree program at Merrimack.
“I needed to pursue my degree at night because I was in my late 30’s and working two jobs,” says Jason. “I needed to take classes with a schedule that still allowed me to work. I chose to attend Merrimack after learning about their Bachelor Completion Program. I liked the cost of the program versus others and I also liked the scheduling of two to three classes a week.”
The road wasn’t always smooth for Howson through this process, as he had to schedule classes and his full-time practicum (required student-teaching hours) around his hectic life schedule.
“My family definitely had to deal with the financial situation and I was also rather busy with schoolwork, homework and study time, but at least being a part of the program at Merrimack made the strain lesser due to its flexibility,” says Jason.
Howson currently works as a substitute teacher in Lowell, Chelmsford, and Tewksbury as he works toward receiving his official teaching licensure.