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Henrietta Post
  • Wescott earning an MBA while serving in Afghanistan

  • Harry Wescott of Woodbridge, Va., has a 3.74 GPA and works on his executive MBA classroom assignments via the Internet in tents/rooms in Kabul, Afghanistan

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  • Harry Wescott of Woodbridge, Va., has a 3.74 GPA and works on his executive MBA classroom assignments via the Internet in tents/rooms in Kabul, Afghanistan.
    The IBM intelligence contractor who heads a team of professionals for the International Security Assistant Force at Kandahar Air Field said the biggest reason he went after his online EMBA degree at Rochester Institute of Technology was because of the current state of the economy and the decrease in defense spending.
    “I am a contractor, so when the DoD (Department of Defense) makes cuts, contracts are affected,” said the 36-year-old Wescott, in a news release. “I am worried about my livelihood and my ability to earn a living in the short term as we deal with a new normal, without major conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
    Wescott works 12 to 15 hours a day, seven days a week for his job and spends about 30 hours a week on course work. He’s an early riser and tries to knock out a few of his class assignments and lectures from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m., do more reading at lunch and later in the day before he retires at 10:30 p.m.
    The online EMBA program in RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business is a five-quarter, 15-month program that is cohort-based, meaning that students go through and finish the program with the same cohort team. Wescott is in his fourth quarter, which he will have completed by the time he returns home to the U.S. in December, with plans to complete his degree in February 2013.
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