Springs Window Fashions supervisor earns Penn State degree

University Park, Pa. — Before Lynn Moyer of Montgomery, Pa., ever considered enrolling in college, she first made sure her son and daughter completed their college educations. Only then would the nearly 20-year veteran of Springs Window Fashions think about becoming a college student herself. Now after 12 years of taking one class a semester, Moyer will graduate with an associate in science degree in business from Penn State.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this if it weren’t for Springs Window Fashions,” Moyer, 51, said. The manufacturer of window blinds, shades and drapery hardware for consumers, with facilities in Montgomery and Williamsport, as well as in Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Wisconsin and Mexico, established an education program for employees in its Pennsylvania facilities in partnership with Penn State Continuing Education at Williamsport. Continuing Education offers employees business certificate, advanced business certificate and associate degree in business programs. The company reimburses 75 percent of tuition for employees earning a grade C or higher.

“It’s exciting to have Lynn be the first graduate of the associate degree program,” said Carla Rhone-Snyder, program assistant with Penn State Continuing Education at Williamsport.

“The company offered the program to help employees with career advancement and training,” Moyer explained. Enrolling in the program led to a promotion for Moyer from group leader to manufacturing supervisor with management responsibilities for 100 employees.

For Moyer, the courses delivered on-site made reaching her goal of earning a college degree “simple and doable. I really liked that,” she said.

There were times when juggling college, work and family responsibilities were a challenge, especially when her mother was ill, but Moyer never quit. “My mother pushed me to continue. She kept me focused.”

Moyer joins her daughter Amber, 34, and son Aden, 31, as a college graduate. Her children earned their degrees from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Amber Moyer has re-enrolled in college to become a teacher, and Aden Moyer now works in Sacramento, Calif., leasing land for gas and oil rights. In February, Lynn and her husband Jeff marked their 34th wedding anniversary.

Moyer is thinking about continuing her education, but for now, she is celebrating her Penn State degree with her family.

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Last Updated May 13, 2009