January 30, 2010

Walden University

For Immediate Release

South Holland, Illinois Resident Earns Ph.D. Degree from Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota - Walden University celebrated the graduation of more than 3,300 students at its 43rd commencement ceremony held Saturday, January 23, 2010, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The Walden graduates represented 49 states and 25 countries.

Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education and one of the nation’s leading experts on the future competitiveness of the American workforce, gave the commencement address. The commencement ceremony and address can be viewed via webcast at www.WaldenU.edu.

The Walden graduates earned bachelor, master, or doctoral degrees designed for the needs of working professionals. Most students worked full time while completing their degrees through Walden’s online programs.

A local resident from South Holland, Illinois is among the recent Walden graduates.

• NAME: Fred Nance Jr.
• EMAIL ADDRESS: frednance@clickservices.org
• STREET ADDRESS: P.O. Box 93, Thornton, Illinois 60476
• DEGREE EARNED: Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services focusing on Social Policy Analysis and Planning
• DESCRIPTION OF DISSERTATION: The journey toward self-sufficiency from the perspectives of homeless men: Implications for social policy
• CURRENT OCCUPATION: Founder, President & CEO of C.L.I.C.K. Services, NFP
• FUTURE PLANS: Dr. Nance presently collaborates with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, creating a partnership with the Human Resources Development Institute, Inc. (HRDI) to develop 50+ permanent supportive housing units for the severe mentally ill.
• INTERESTING FACTS: Dr. Nance is 60-years-old. He did not have a G.E.D. at the age of 42 when he was incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for almost 3 years for his drug addiction and negative social behaviors in 1992. He started college while he was incarcerated. While incarcerated, Dr. Nance’s wife of 16 years was murdered in Chicago. Dr. Nance’s youngest child found her mother’s body. Dr. Nance became a single parent to this child upon his release from IDOC. Dr. Nance received his Master degree from Roosevelt University in 1999 when this youngest child graduated from High School. This child that Dr. Nance raised as a single parent is now in a Master degree program seeking a Criminal Justice degree. Dr. Nance developed and created C.L.I.C.K. Services, NFP. (www.clickservices.org)

About Walden University

For 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 40,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of 45 online and campus-based universities in 20 countries.

Walden offers more than 40 degree programs with more than 180 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include: health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology and engineering. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.