Firefighting student balances work and classes

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EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (WCIA) — An EIU student is proving she can do it all, including saving lives while still hitting the books.

Ashley Vercler is getting her master’s in Business Administration at the school. She’s also an Urbana firefighter.

She’s been able to pursue her degree online. Vercler says Eastern offered exactly what she needed.

“The teachers are great and they really offer opportunities, so they’re not going to do it for you, but they’re really going to give every bit of help that they can and you do the work to get there. I’ll be forever grateful and indebted to Eastern,” Vercler. 

Vercler is expected to finish her degree next May. She’ll also take a test to become a driver engineer for the fire department. 

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