June 24, 2021

Member Spotlight: Chris Normile, Manager, Regional Strategic Partnerships at Western Governors University

photo of Chris NormileWestern Governors University (WGU) was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors who wanted working adults to have greater access to a college education that fits their schedule.

An interesting tidbit about WGU is that 76% of my colleagues work remotely, which includes more than a dozen that reside here in the Capital Region. This experience with remote working and education is one of the reasons WGU faculty and staff were able to effectively serve our online learners throughout the pandemic.

WGU is a pioneer of the competency-based learning model, in which students earn their degrees by demonstrating what they know and can do (competency), rather than spending time in class to accumulate a set number of required credit hours. This model is ideal for many adult learners, who enroll in college with different levels of knowledge and a wide variety of learning styles. The model allows them to move quickly through material they already know and spend more time on the areas that are difficult to them. One-on-one support from a faculty mentor helps them to stay on track.

I’ve enjoyed being involved with the Capital Region Chamber. Its affiliate, The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, hosted the American Marketing Association NY Capital Region’s Professional Certified Marketer PCM® in Digital Marketing Course that I had the privilege to attend. It expanded my knowledge and skills of digital marketing.

The Capital Region is a great place to live, work, and play. It’s easy to branch out and explore different towns and cities. In particular, I enjoy experiencing the diverse performing arts and dining scene. Likewise, we have access to outstanding parks and preserves.

Workwise, I enjoy collaborating with regional organizations that are committed to developing their workforce and enhancing local communities. Professionals in our region are hardworking and I believe we share a strong desire to maintain a healthy work-life balance, which is important to our overall well-being.