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Ronnie Salgado Jr. '08G

Global Development and Social Justice Online Learning program

“Online Learning at St. John’s has proven to be an interesting, exciting and challenging opportunity of a lifetime,” says Ronnie Salgado Jr. ’08G, an alumnus of the Graduate Global Development and Social Justice Online Learning program. Having recently graduated from the program, Ronnie feels his involvement has made a lasting impression on his career: “It has provided me extensive knowledge about global development and social justice, as well as the experience of working one-on-one with people of different cultures.”

A Registered Nurse who studied in the Online Learning program while he also worked as a Clinical Instructor for the College of Nursing of the University of Perpetual Help in the Philippines, Ronnie feels that the St. John’s program has taught him how to help people on a larger scale. Born and raised in the Philippines, Ronnie says his interest in the Online Learning program offered by St. John’s College of Professional Studies first sprung from his innate desire to help people: “My compassion for people who are suffering is what stimulated my interest in the program.”

St. John’s Online Learning programs utilize virtual classrooms where students around the world interact with and collaboratively learn from each other: “Communication among the students and professors was amazing even though we were all in different parts of the world. The experience of taking online classes and working with culturally diverse students has imbued in me the value of camaraderie.”

To further expand his abilities to help people, Ronnie plans to study public health at the doctoral level and then work in a public health program. He has a strong interest in the global development and public health of the Philippines and feels that his education from St. John’s global development program has equipped him with the knowledge to implement social change: “My compassion and sincere dedication to the development of my country is what initially attracted me to the program. Now that I’ve completed it, I feel more empowered than ever to really make a difference.”