North Central residents Jamey Strunk and Jaimee Faccenda have earned degrees from Western Governors University (WGU). Strunk graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and Faccenda earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The university held its 29th semi-annual commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City on Aug. 15 and celebrated the graduation of more than 8,500 graduates. In addition to recognizing students who graduated in the past six months, the nation’s first competency-based university marked another major milestone—50,000 graduates in just 15 years.

WGU was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality higher education, and in 2000, the university awarded its first degree. The nonprofit university focuses on providing flexible, affordable degree programs that meet the needs of busy working adults, particularly those who have started, but not completed, a bachelor’s or master’s degree. More information is available at or by calling 866-225-5948.


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