Angie Hillestad '07
As a non-traditional student, Angie Hillestad '07 completed all the classes necessary for her joint BBA/MPA accounting degrees in Sioux Falls, and she says she wouldn't have done it any other way.
"I was looking for an alternative to a traditional university experience. I started taking USD classes at USDSU (now University Center)," she said. "USD was a perfect 'home school' for me."
Despite working almost full time and going to school full time, Hillestad is proud of the fact that she was able to maintain a nearly 4.0 GPA.
"Being successful as a non-traditional student is an excellent accomplishment," she said. "Following a non-traditional path took me a little bit longer – nearly nine years for a five-year program – but I did it."
During her time as a USD student, Hillestad was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma, and she received several GPA-based scholarships, including two from the South Dakota CPA Society.
Successful completion of a two-year internship at Henry Scholten and Company, LLP in Sioux Falls led to a full-time position there uon her graduation in 2007.
Hillestad obtained her CPA license in January 2009 and is currently an audit manager at Eide Bailly, LLP in Sioux Falls, SD. She serves as the treasurer for SculptureWalk in Sioux Falls and has been a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer for the past nine years.
Hillestad asserted that the education she received from Beacom School of Business was second to none.
"The USD instructors that I worked with during my years at the University Center were truly amazing," she explained. "The smaller class sizes really allowed me to get to know my instructors, and I felt they provided me with guidance and feedback that helped me to be a good student."