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Phoukham Manivong '15

Phoukham Manivong '15

Grand Island, Nebraska

Master of Arts in Management

I initially thought about the big state school - but I felt like I was a number instead of an actual person.

Phoukham Manivong was born in Laos, came to the U.S. with his family as a refugee, was raised in Grand Island, and joined the military after high school. After five years of service, he came home to work but always looked forward to using the GI Bill to get an education.

“After I got my associate’s degree I was really trying to get the big picture,” he said in an interview. “I initially thought about the big state school, and went there for one semester, but I felt like I was a number instead of an actual person.”

Phou lived in Grand Island while attending classes in Lincoln, which wasn’t going to work for a married man with a job and a child.

“I was looking for something closer to home,” he said. “I really wanted to get my undergrad and then possibly a master’s degree.”

Phou heard about Doane University in Grand Island from a coworker who was attending classes, so he contacted us.

“Doane worked with me to transfer all of my credits from my associate’s, the evening schedules were great for me, when I’d go to class it’d have 10-20 students and the instructors really cared; you can’t beat that,” he says.

Phou now works as a federal bank examiner for the FDIC. He says the real-world experience offered by Doane’s Grand Island faculty, mostly working professionals and leaders in their fields, helped give him a leg up in his career.

“Every instructor I’ve had here has been phenomenal,” he said. “I’m proud to say I’m a Doane grad.”

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