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Duke Guiding Principles: Learning
Editor's Note: This is the fourth of a five-part series profiling people at Duke who illustrate the Duke Guiding Principles. Check Duke Today Working@Duke each Wednesday in May for a feature on an employee who helps represent the principle. The Guiding Principles were reaffirmed by President Richard H. Brodhead this month as part of the 15-year anniversary of their founding.
Durham, NC - In her 11 years at Duke, Jameca Dupree has artfully balanced home, work and school as she seized educational opportunities to help advance her career from a part-time Duke food service employee with a high school diploma to a full-time financial analyst II with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
These days, Jameca Dupree's life is a bit less hectic than in years past, but the mother of three is preparing later next year to participate in a Bridges Program for women in leadership. She also has her eyes set on Duke's Toastmasters Club and Duke's Financial System Specialist Certification Program.
"My theory is that where you go and what you do completely depends on you," Dupree said. "Duke has so much to offer. I'm so grateful that I am here because it has allowed me to take control of my education and my career path."
Because of her commitment to continual learning and excellence, Dupree exemplifies the Duke Guiding Principle of Learning.
Over the last 10 years, she completed the Office Staff Development Program at Duke's Professional Development Institute (PDI) and earned a bachelor's degree in business from North Carolina Wesleyan College.
During that time she also got married and had two of her three children - all while working full-time.
"Going through the PDI program put me back in the habit of learning," she said. "Doing so well in it and seeing the outcome gave me the confidence I needed to go for my college degree."
She thanks her mother for watching the children while she and her husband both worked. She also thanked her husband for his constant support, as well as friends who stayed on the phone with her while she drove home from class to make sure she got back safely.
She also acknowledged her managers for helping her work a flexible schedule - one that would allow her to leave work a little early on days when she had night class so she could get home in time to check on her children's homework.
When her infant daughter turns two, she plans to begin the pursuit of yet another educational goal - a master's degree in business administration.
"This really worked out, you know, because it was a collaboration between my job, Duke as a whole, and me," she said. "My degree has my name on it but it is for all of us."
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