Brenda Zion is using her Regis degree to help immigrants in her community

It is never too late to change or to influence change. Brenda Zion learned this first hand. As a mother of two, Zion was motivated to return to the workforce but also wanted to build some confidence around the skill base she had developed before becoming a full-time mom. After researching a variety of graduate programs for adult students, Zion found that Regis University’s College for Professional Studies (CPS) was the place for her. “I really appreciated CPS’ online program. The learning format ensured that I was able to give my family the attention I wanted to give them while pursuing a graduate degree,” says Zion.

While studying for her Master of Science in Organization Leadership, Zion found that her course work had a profound influence on her new position as executive director of OneMorgan County (OMC) in Morgan County, Colo. OneMorgan County was originally formed and funded through a Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families Initiative (SIRFI) grant from The Colorado Trust. Zion was able to use the critical thinking, leadership skills and business knowledge she was gaining in her degree to guide OMC through the process of becoming a self-sustaining, nonprofit organization.

“Starting at OneMorgan County and getting my master’s degree went hand-in-hand. I was able to utilize classes to help the organization overcome various challenges. Regis gave me a great way to look at how to break down problems, create solutions and analyze the outcomes,” states Zion.

These days, Zion welcomes the hard work and dedicated service that come with being the sole employee at OMC. She continues to use the skills she developed at Regis University to be a significant resource for immigrants striving to assimilate to life in Morgan County. She also has transformed much of the skepticism around immigration into amazing potential for diversity and new life in the community.

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