UPIKE Class of 2016
Glen Senters is a little older than your typical college student. He’s a father and husband, a coach, and works as a substitute teacher when he isn’t in class at UPIKE.
Senters worked in manufacturing for many years before deciding to make a career change. “After high school I wanted to teach and be a basketball coach but my grades weren’t the best,” said Senters. “At the time, I didn’t think I could afford college. I thought my goals were unattainable.”
His journey back to the classroom began at Big Sandy Community & Technical College where he recently earned an associate's degree. “I contemplated stopping there, no one in my family had an associate's degree, but I decided to go on and pursue my bachelor’s degree.”
Being a non-traditional student has its challenges, according to Senters, who is majoring in sociology at UPIKE.
His initial concerns about doing well academically, fitting in and being able to afford college have not been stumbling blocks to his success.
“Our professors are approachable and encourage us to reach out if we need help in a class,” said Senters. “All of my classes at Big Sandy Community & Technical College transferred. Without the Pikeville Promise, there was no way I could have attended UPIKE. Right now, with my scholarships and other financial aid, I won’t be paying anything out-of-pocket.”
“The door opened for me here,” said Senters. “Everyone at UPIKE is so friendly. It is better than I ever expected.”