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In May 2018, Nick Langan set a goal. By enrolling full time in Villanova’s College of Professional Studies, he set out to earn his earn his bachelor’s degree in two years. Along the way, that goal evolved. His eyes were opened to a field, and a style of learning and collaborating, that made him eager to keep going past his bachelor’s. Now, with his undergraduate degree in Information Systems in hand and as the recipient of CPS’ 2020 Grit Award—given annually to the graduate who has shown dedication, courage and character throughout their studies—he’s decided to continue on at Villanova for his master’s in Software Engineering.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The contrast, for a young lawyer in a high-powered New York firm,
couldn’t have been clearer. In 1991, Michele R. Pistone was part of a team of lawyers helping Donald J. Trump restructure his massive debts as his Atlantic City casinos hemorrhaged money. Pistone, who was 25 at the time, recalls walking into her client’s office with closing documents and being greeted by an entire floor-to-ceiling wall of framed magazine covers with his photo.
Fast-forward a few months to the pro bono assignment that would change the course of her career and inspire her to start a program at Villanova University aimed at expanding legal assistance to immigrants and asylum seekers.
After joining the Marine Corps immediately after high school, Chad Allen served for 11 years. Although he wasn’t exactly sure what profession he wanted to pursue post service, he had a clear understanding that —whatever he decided— a bachelor’s degree would be essential. “I’m confident that my experience in the Marines coupled with a degree from Villanova will present numerous career opportunities. I feel like I’m part of a community, I have excellent support from the faculty and staff, and I know I’m receiving a first class education from a top university. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
A new program at Villanova University is helping migrants and refugees by equipping advocates to provide desperately needed legal aid. Launched in August, the Villanova Interdisciplinary Immigrations Studies Training for Advocates (VIISTA) consists of a one-year, fully online curriculum that enables graduates to become U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representatives.