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DEAC Recognizes 2020 UMT Outstanding Graduate & Famous Alumni

ARLINGTON, Virginia, December 8, 2020

UMT is pleased to announce that Ms. Kim M. Gaughan and Mr. Paul A. Garcia were selected as UMT's 2020 Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni respectively. Each year, DEAC conducts its Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni programs to recognize the achievements of the millions who study at a distance today.

UMT's 2020 Outstanding Graduate

Kim M. Gaughan

Limerick Township, Pennsylvania

Completing a Personal/Professional Goal That Has Been Held for Decades

Kim M. Gaughan was a Support Analyst at a law firm when she enrolled at the University of Management and Technology to receive her Master of Science in Information Technology. Achieving her degree through distance education was an easy decision, affording her flexibility to meet obligations and achieve her goals.

Kim graduated with a 3.81 GPA in the Project Management program at UMT. She was inducted into the Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society for her academic achievement. A self-prescribed, life-long learner, Kim is preparing for the Certified Associate of Project Management certification through Project Management Institute. In 2016 and while a student, Kim and her family started their own business called GNG All Holiday Decorators, LLC. Kim has used the skills she has learned from her studies in every facet of her life, both professionally and personally. Whether she is managing projects and stakeholders, finding new ways to streamline processes or manage her own personal obligations, she uses the techniques of project management wherever she can.

Kim is active in her community. She volunteers for a non-profit organization, Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, which specializes in career management for the unemployed and underemployed. As a Co-Chapter meeting leader, her goal is to be supportive of those during job transition: by listening, providing career management information and connecting job seekers to resources that might be needed.

"Education is empowering! As a self prescribed life long learner, I am grateful to UMT for sharing this part of my education experience with me. I look forward to the future and all it has to hold. I am curious to see where my UMT studies will lead me."

UMT's 2020 Famous Alumni

Paul A. Garcia

Stafford, Virginia

Distance Education/Distance Learning Propels 21st Century Leaders

Paul Garcia graduated from the University of Management and Technology with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science in Management, and Master in Public Administration degrees while engaging in non-stop domestic and international business activities. Where others may see or feel pressure from school and business activities, Mr. Garcia incorporated and applied every course of study to daily business issues demanding program management, contracts & negotiations, critical thinking, strategic planning, political sensitivity, quantitative/qualitative analysis, and 21st century marketing approaches that significantly benefited his clients.

His courses of study assisted in proving out his “M4” management theory to all his clients by reviewing, implementing, adjusting, discussing, and building on a company’s respective Management, Marketing, Momentum, and Maintenance business plan.

As President of M4 Consulting LLC (a business development and program management company) and Future Armor Systems LLC (a body armor development company), he moves forward with a focus on creating collaborations and business ventures with domestic and international partners with a common drive to further the progress aimed at improving humanity at the micro and macro levels existing in a global market.

"UMT degree programs challenged, changed, and charged my work ethic to reach greater heights."

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