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SSEM Graduate Lyle Danforth Perseveres For 30 Years to Earn His Advanced Degrees

On May 8, 2010, Lyle Danforth graduated from EKU’s Safety, Security and Emergency Management online degree program, after 20 years of part-time classes to earn his associates degree, then earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree while working overtime to support his family.

Lyle’s dream of advanced education was more than 30 years in the making, as he began working immediately after graduating from high school in a series of minimum wage jobs. Lyle realized that these types of jobs were all he could land without an advanced education. When he learned that his employer Coca-Cola offered a program to pay for college classes, Lyle immediately began furthering his education, and he earned his associate degree in business from a local community college.

At that point, Lyle was also supporting his own wife and three children, but he persevered to earn a bachelor’s degree at Northwood University in Midland while juggling his children’s schedules and 10-hour workdays.

Lyle wanted to continue to earn a master’s degree, but his work schedule prevented him from pursuing a traditional program. In 2006, Lyle enrolled in EKU’s online master’s program with a concentration in Occupational Safety. The ability to pursue this degree online allowed Lyle to continue to meet his goals, and he has already been able to apply this knowledge in his current position.

“I’ve already started to teach health and safety classes for other employees in my company, and there have been times when I’ve had to make decisions about work issues where I absolutely use my education,” said Lyle.

Lyle was surrounded by his family during the graduation ceremony on May 8, including his 2-year-old granddaughter, his father Ed Pasque, and his mother, Sally Pasque.

“My heart was overjoyed watching Lyle get his diploma because he worked so hard to get there,” said Sally, his mother. “He knew education was very important to succeed in life.”

And how does Lyle feel? “I’m proud I stuck with it because this degree has given me a sense of security,” said Lyle. “Once you have knowledge, it’s a gift you will have forever.”

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