MARA Student Connie Rodriguez Finds Online Environment a Plus for the Program

Connie Rodriguez enrolled in the MARA program to enhance her skills as a National Program Manager and Electronic Records Manager at Ernst & Young, an international accounting firm. The field of electronic records management is a new one at her company, which has only recently identified this area as a priority. The MARA program is helping Rodriguez learn about emerging trends and best practices that have an immediate impact on the work she is doing. "I needed answers," she says, and her MARA classes are helping her find those answers and put her knowledge into practice.

According to Rodriguez, one of MARA’s most attractive features is the ability to take classes and interact with her cohort in an online environment. "I travel all over the United States for work," says Rodriguez. "I simply couldn‘t do a program in a traditional classroom setting. Recently, I attended class from my hotel room in Dallas. This environment is just so flexible." Rodriguez points out that she works with a number of Certified Public Accountants and attorneys who value credentials, so she agrees that the MARA program will lend her improved professional credibility. This, in turn, is helping her get buy-in from her company‘s key stakeholders regarding the importance of electronic records management.