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3-2 business program puts Pfeiffer student on the fast track to success

vontenea williams croppedAs a part of the 3-2 business program, Pfeiffer University student Vontenea Williams is gaining real-world experience that will help her to be successful when she graduates this December with a bachelor's and a master's degree.

The 3-2 program allows highly motivated students to earn a bachelor's degree in business management and leadership and a master's of business administration in just five years. Students who choose this option get an early jump on their careers and eliminate an entire year of tuition. After stating an intention to apply for the 3-2 program at the start of the sophomore year, those who qualify enroll in MBA courses during their senior year.

Vontenea, a native of Granite Falls, N.C., currently serves as the vice president of operations and planning for student business fraternity Phi Beta Lambda, a senator for Student Government Association, resident assistant, student representative for the curriculum board and a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and Accounting Society. She was attracted to Pfeiffer because of its strong academic reputation and the opportunity to earn a master's degree in an abbreviated time frame. With the 3-2 program, she benefits daily from networking with her classmates, business professionals who work in a variety of fields.

"These interactions provide real-life perspectives on professional careers and have given me realistic expectations about the working world. Additionally, the seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate coursework is a definite advantage for me," said Vontenea.

In addition to establishing relationships with other professionals in the MBA program, Vontenea is also gaining valuable work experience through a marketing internship with Hawe Hydraulics in Charlotte, N.C.  In this role, she has the opportunity to work both independently and in a team environment, and she enjoys the challenge of having a variety of responsibilities that change daily.

After graduation, she plans to continue her internship for as long as possible in hopes that it will develop into a full-time position. Eventually, she plans to work for Duke Corporate Education, a global learning and development company in Raleigh, N.C.

Vontenea is confident that when she graduates in December her master's degree will give her a competitive edge in the workforce.  She describes the 3-2 program as an excellent choice for her and encourages prospective business students to do the same.

"I would advise any students who are considering the 3-2 program to commit,” said Vontenea. “Through this program I have developed as a professional and gained relationships with professionals who offer me great advice. Some even keep me updated on job openings!"

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