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First online safety management class graduates

David McMillan and Alex Stokes

David McMillan and Alex Stokes

Hundreds of engineering students from West Virginia University walked across the stage in the WVU Coliseum this past May to receive their diplomas. Included in that group were the first graduates of the Statler College’s online graduate program in safety management. 

Two of the graduates – David McMillan and Alex Stokes – chose the program because of its flexibility and the opportunities they felt it could offer them upon completion. 

McMillan, a native of Dawson, is a major with the West Virginia Army National Guard and a sergeant with the West Virginia State Police. Calling himself “honored to be a graduate of West Virginia University,” he said the program fit his “time-constrained schedule” and allowed him to work two jobs and maintain a family, all while networking with other students in the program. 

A resident of Auburn, Alabama, Stokes discovered the program through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals online education search tool. An environmental health and safety engineer, he decided to enroll at WVU knowing that the degree could lead him to a Graduate Safety Practitioner designation. 

Not only did Stokes earn the GSP designation, it also led to a salary increase from his current employer.