A Not So Distant Dream
Learning Tools Film production supervisor, Mike Huang, thought that his goal of attaining a graduate degree would end up on the cutting room floor; but the flexibility of distance learning has allowed him to pursue his career and further his education.
Having grown up down the street from a movie theater in Pennsylvania, Mike Huang seemed destined for a career in entertainment.
“When I was 11, I duct taped stuffed animals to my back to portray a horror movie in my basement. In high school, I pursued an independent study in filmmaking to produce a 48-minute feature recognized by Apple computers. At 18, I graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. I’ve been making movie magic ever since.”
“It came down to understanding my priorities in life, and realizing distance education offered the opportunity to continue my education without having to sacrifice my career.
As a production supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California, Huang tackles a demanding work schedule, while pursuing a graduate degree online. Initially hesitant to earn a diploma through distance learning, Huang found a way to make it work.
“It came down to understanding my priorities in life, and realizing distance education offered the opportunity to continue my education without having to sacrifice my career. The Master of Science in Project Management degree provides a great mix of classes, all held to the Production Management Institute global accreditation standards. With University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP), and my previous experience with UCLA extension, I feel engaged, despite being physically separated.”
Huang, whose resume includes Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled and Frozen, appreciates interacting with classmates, while getting guidance from UWP advisers.
“They’re very familiar with the course load and have offered me honest advice to avoid common pitfalls and identify what works for me. Online learning not only diminishes geographical boundaries, but also offers students flexibility.”