Hello everyone! My name is Heidi Smith and I am excited to be continuing my education by obtaining a Masters Degree in Educational Technology at Boise State University. Through examining my chosen degree program and the desires for my future, I began to realize how important it is for me as an individual to attend a university with a program that is focused on equipping and preparing me for the goals I intend on accomplishing in my current and future career. Whether it is the education I employ in the workplace or the academics that I utilize in my personal life, I believe the EDTECH program at Boise State University will provide me with a solid foundation of knowledge that I will use in accomplishing my career goals throughout my entire lifetime. Therefore, in stating these personal expectations, I believe Boise State University gives me confidence in their ability to not only aid me in obtaining an outstanding education through a balanced curriculum, but also help in obtaining the goals I have planned for my future.
Presently, I work as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. In this position, I train people on how to write appeals and submissions between the railroad companies and the railroad union. Presently, we are seeking to integrate more technology in our training process, and I believe this program is ideal for achieving that goal. After experiencing some of the Educational Technology program, I already feel confident in the unique opportunities it will provide me during the span of my career. Specifically, by experiencing new ways of educating with technology, I believe the degree I receive, in the end, will aid me in securing my goal of becoming the technology trainer for the national chapter of our organization.
Finally, I believe the EDTECH program will help me in creating a better and more efficient environment for education and communication between the BLET local chairmen, the claimants, and the railroad companies. In fact, as I am engaging in my first course in the EDTECH program, I find that I am already learning many useful tools to help me become more effective in my job. Therefore, I believe the outcome of my entire educational experience at Boise State University will provide me with tools that will aid me in my life both personally and professionally.