Dana Lien racks up 40+ credits thanks to 30 years of leadership experience
Dana Lien, 49, of Apple Valley, Minn., is the director of prospective investigations at OptumInsight, a company specializing in technology, consulting and business services for the healthcare industry. For nearly 30 years before arriving at Optum, Lien served as vice president of process and performance innovation at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Inspired by courses she took at the University of St. Thomas, Lien recently decided to return to college and earn a degree. She chose DCTC and is actually working on two degrees, an A.A.S. in Supervisory Management and an A.A.S. in Individualized Studies. She is also on her way to earning more than 40 credits through Credit for Prior Learning.
“Dana has been exceptionally successful in making the most of Credit for Prior Learning. A couple military guys have maybe exceeded her in number of credits, but she’s the top civilian. Dana is a natural leader. Working with her has been a pleasure.” — Scott Gunderson
“I had two goals when I enrolled at DCTC,” Lien said. “First, I wanted to earn a degree and finished something I started. And, second, I’m a big believer in growing, developing and learning throughout your lifetime.”
Lien is working with Scott Gunderson to create a life portfolio. Gunderson chairs the college’s Business and Management department and teaches in the Supervisory Management program. Lien is also providing competency statements with corroborating evidence for each course in which she is seeking CPL. As subject matter experts in their courses, instructors evaluate her submissions.
“Dana has been exceptionally successful in making the most of Credit for Prior Learning,” Gunderson said. “A couple military guys have maybe exceeded her in number of credits, but she’s the top civilian. Dana is a natural leader. Working with her has been a pleasure.”
For more information about Credit for Prior Learning at DCTC, contact:
- Scott Gunderson
Business and Management Chair
Supervisory Management Instructor