Top 5 Reasons to Continue Your Education in 2017

by Faith Hardersen, current Linfield student



The new year is right around the corner and as you look at setting those resolutions, have you considered continuing your education? There are many good reasons to continue learning and we have compiled the top 5 reasons right here:

  1. Become more qualified.

Jobs are growing and changing as technology advances and the requirements for these jobs grow and change, too. Earning a certificate or degree can help you gain more skills to achieve more at your current job or help you climb up the ladder and advance your career. For example, when exploring our online RN to BSN program, alumni Karen Brady was looking to advance her career as a nurse, saying “I knew I was a good nurse and that I had a great foundation, but I didn’t know how much more there was to being a really well-rounded nurse.”

  1. Make more money.

Pursuing a degree can pay off. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with college degrees make around $45,400 a year while those with only high school diplomas make about $25,900 annually. And a study done by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University found that 4-year degree holders earn nearly $1 million dollars more over their lifetime than someone who only has a high school diploma. Earning an online degree or certificate can boost your paycheck, and help you qualify for those higher paying positions.

  1. Gain confidence.

Not only can advancing your education help enhance your self-image, but can also help you gain confidence. Alumni Ralph Schwer said of his experience at Linfield, “In the beginning I was hesitant, not sure if I could do it. As I saw my first few good grades on assignments, I started gaining confidence. I wish I had known that if you are willing to do the work, you can succeed.” This can not only help you gain confidence in the job field, but help you gain confidence in all aspects of life as you obtain a college education and broaden your knowledge base.

  1. Demonstrate value to employers.

If you are willing to invest in your career, employers will be willing to invest in you. Continuing your education is a great way to demonstrate to employers that you are committed to your career. As employers see potential in you, promotions won’t be too far off the horizon.  Take OCE alumni Abigail McPherson, who said “I’ve gotten several promotions since I graduated and I also made my way into the IT division at work. It’s only been two years and I’m not young anymore, but I feel like I’ve still got a lot of places I could go with my career.”

  1. Discover Your Dream Job.

Does this New Year have you looking into a new career path? Then the best way to start that path is continuing your education. Whether you know exactly what field you want to head into or you want to take some time exploring other career paths, now is the perfect time to get started!

So as you plan your goals for 2017, why not add “improve my life by one degree” onto that list? Take a look at the different online degrees and certificates Linfield College has to offer.  Not sure where to start?  Fill out a request form or call our office of admission at 503-883-2213.

The “no fuss” guide to food and wine pairings over the holidays

by Ellen Brittan, Director of Wine Education at Linfield College and owner of Brittan Vineyards


The holidays are stressful enough without worrying about getting your food and wine pairings perfect. The good news is that there are not as many hard and fast rules as you think, and the majority of the time, most wines go fairly well with most foods.   So what’s all the fuss about? Well, there are some guidelines that will make your holiday dining more enjoyable, as well as some tips on how to avoid some combinations that will detract from your appreciation of a well-prepared meal and a well-made wine.

The best tip for a good pairing is to pay attention to how a dish is prepared. We’ve all heard that “white wine goes with fish and poultry and red wine goes with meat”. For the most part this is a reliable place to start, but what is more important than what you are having, say a chicken breast for example, is the way that chicken breast is prepared and what else is in the dish. A simple grilled chicken breast will be delicious with almost any white, rose or light red wine, as the wine will be there to enhance the simple flavors of the chicken. But if you are having a chicken breast in a mushroom, shallot cream sauce, then you will want to select a wine that has a fairly high acid profile, like a chardonnay or a riesling to cut the richness of the dish and cleanse your palate after a bite of cream sauce. The same principle applies to red meat, how the dish is prepared and what the key flavors and ingredients are is more important than whether you are having beef or lamb.

The few really bad pairings are easy to avoid. The first is when a wine is too heavy and overpowering for the food. A great example would be a beautiful filet of sole in a light lemon butter sauce paired with a big, oaky tannic cabernet sauvignon or syrah. In this case the wine is going to overwhelm the delicate flavor of the fish. Another example is when the wine is too delicate for the food. An example would be a hearty steak or chop with a rich, spicy sauce paired with a very delicate white wine, where the food completely masks the nuances of the wine. That said; if you like cabernet with your fish or a light pinot gris with a grilled rib eye steak, go for it. It may not be the best pairing but I have always found that the most important part of the meal is the people with whom you share it. Enjoy good food and wine with family and friends – that is always the perfect pairing.

Happy Holidays!

Interested in learning more about the world of wine?  Check out Linfield’s online Wine Management and Wine Marketing certificate programs or call the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213.

Linfield Sets the Bar High for Alicia Wayland

“The faculty members have made my education valuable. I receive feedback on all the assignments that I complete. That propels me forward to be a better student.”


by Faith Hardersen, current Linfield student

Linfield Online and Continuing Education student Alicia knew it was time to go back to school when a fellow nurse practitioner inspired her to check out online RN to BSN programs. After exploring some options, Alicia was astounded by the attention she received from Linfield’s admission and advising staff; she said the attention was “unparalleled at other schools that I inquired about.”

Since attending Linfield, Alicia has found that the faculty not only teaches the new material, but they are sources of inspiration and guidance for her. She has now been encouraged to pursue her MSN, followed by her DNP, all thanks to the supportive faculty at Linfield. And even though all of Alicia’s courses are online, she has learned to love and thrive in the online learning environment and looks forward to completing most of the assignments “because I love learning new things.”

The small college experience that Linfield provides shines even through the online program. “The customer service that I received by (admission counselor) Jessica and (academic advisor) Leah to get me started was the BEST thing for me. That has impacted me the most. They believed in my abilities and pushed me forward.” Now that Alicia is starting to look forward to graduate schools, she is finding that she is not getting the same experience as she received through Linfield. “Linfield has set my standards high when searching for graduate programs.” But once Alicia has her BSN, she knows that her patients will be in better hands and she will receive immediate rewards for all of her hard work.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our fully accredited online RN to BSN degree program, unique clinical requirements and International Service Learning opportunities – or contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-640-2287 to get started.