Students from all over the world—including those living in the Caribbean—are choosing American universities with accredited online degree programs. In fact, many Caribbean students and alumni are applying the skills they have learned while studying at an online university to key positions in their home country.

Lisa Stovel-Rolle

Students who know the value of completing an online doctoral program, online master’s degree program, or online undergraduate degree program aren’t limited to the United States. Many international students are turning to Walden University when it comes time to earn their degree. Walden is home to a number of students from the Caribbean, and we have been able to follow their successes. Here are a few of their accomplishments:

Walden awarded four $5,000 scholarships to teachers who are members of the Caribbean Union of Teachers. The scholarship program was created to recognize exceptional teachers in the region who seek to make a difference in their schools and communities.

The recipients of the Caribbean Union of Teachers scholarships included:

  • Shenile Daniel, English teacher at Boca Secondary School, Grenada, who earned her master’s degree by studying in Walden’s MS in Education (MSEd) program with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12).

  • Andrew Haynes, sciences information technology coordinator at St. Ambrose Primary School, Barbados, who at the time was enrolled in Walden’s MSEd program with a specialization in Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12).

  • Kenny James, vice principal at St. Rose Modern Secondary School, Grenada, who was then a student in Walden’s MSEd program with a specialization in Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12).

  • Ezra Jonah Fostin-Greene, principal at Clare Hall Secondary School, Antigua, who was then enrolled in Walden’s MSEd program with a specialization in Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12).

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Linda Sheppard has a heart for Haiti. After winning Walden’s 2012 Scholars of Change video contest, she moved her entire family to Haiti to help create lasting change in a country with incredible need.

In addition to adopting 5 of her 14 children from Haiti, this Walden PhD in Psychology student had made more than 30 trips to the country before relocating. At the time, her efforts included bringing medical teams and supplies to the country and distributing hygiene packs to clinic patients.

In Haiti, Linda did field research for her doctoral study, examining birth parents’ perspectives on international adoptions from Haiti to the United States. She is also helping oversee medical operations for the health clinic in the village of Gramothe. Linda’s knowledge of Haiti continues to deepen, and she plans to apply the research skills she’s developed through her Walden online degree program to better understand the impact of her work there.

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Dr. Dayner Azzellino ’11, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) graduate, is the author of The Impact of CSR on Manufacturing Firms in Trinidad & Tobago: A Multiple-Case Study (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012) and Comparing Key Brand Elements Within Female Markets: Milan, Italy versus Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012). She and Dr. Moussa Berete ’11, also a DBA graduate, coauthored Building a Sustainable Business Strategy: A Guide for Managers and Business Students (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012).

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The leading causes of death in the Bahamas are chronic, noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. For Persephone Munnings, a 2010 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) alumna, the numbers are too high—and awareness of how to prevent these diseases is too low.

After she earned her master’s degree, Ms. Munnings led a health screening and education related service project for Walden University’s Global Days of Service, when people from around the globe participate in community service projects. The health screening and education session, held in conjunction with the Nurses’ Association of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, was designed to raise awareness of the prevalence of these diseases and promote positive lifestyle changes through counseling and referrals. At the end of Global Days of Service, her team had provided health screenings for 300 people who otherwise might not have been tested. “The feeling of fulfillment cannot be overemphasized,” Munnings says. “Walden challenges its students and alumni to make a positive difference in society, so I seized the opportunity to give back.”

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Walden offers a number of benefits to its diverse international student body, helping to ensure they are successful in their educational pursuits.

  • Tuition savings programs are available for students from the Caribbean to help with the costs of earning a degree.

  • Walden’s International Student Advising Team provides personalized attention to each student and includes library and research support, fundamental skills support, technical support, and more.

  • Transitioning into the Walden community is made easier by a supportive admissions team and an enrollment process designed specifically for international students. This process also includes an international degree evaluation in which transcripts are assessed to determine their academic equivalency to a U.S. degree.

If your online learning goal is to advance in your field or start a new career, then earning a degree from an accredited university in the United States can create new opportunities for you professionally and personally.

“I tried online learning at another institution, but when I enrolled at Walden University, I found a sense of community. It felt like I was right at home in the classroom with my classmates and my professors.”
—Persephone Munnings
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Graduate
Bahamas

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