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    SANTA ANA, Calif. – Most students work and go to school at the same time these days. However those jobs usually do not involve helping run a multi-million dollar company. But that is what Nabil Ajineh does. He is vice president and chief information officer for Farouk Systems USA, Inc. a Houston, Texas based company that produces high-quality hair care and spa products and he is also working on a doctoral degree in Business Administration from Argosy University/Orange County.

    Farouk Systems is a sponsor of the Miss USA 2007 competition and supplies the hair care products for the cast of the ABC show “Ugly Betty.” The company also supplies cosmetics to large stores such as J.C. Penney, Super Cuts and Sally Beauty Supply.
    “Farouk Systems manufactures and distributes the world greatest professional hair products in more than 60 countries using advanced American technology,” Ajineh said.

    As chief information officer, Ajineh designs and oversees the computer programs which track shipping, purchase and electronic transactions. He says his degree program at Argosy University compliments his business work. Ajineh says the critical thinking skills he uses to solve problems in the business world are also used in his degree program.

    “In order to stay competitive in today’s global economy, businesses must overcome challenges such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, demand planning and resource management,” he said. “Only a doctorate of business administration can help develop the critical thinking skills necessary to face these and other challenges.”

    Juggling a doctoral degree program and working for a major corporation is demanding, but not impossible, Ajineh said. “I realize I made a commitment towards an academic achievement and I am committed to achieving that,” he said. “Sometimes it gets difficult, but I never drop the ball on my academic work.”

    Ajineh choose Argosy University because the degree program was relevant to his career field and also because of the university’s flexible course offerings. Ajineh used to work for the University of Houston, and continues to take courses at Argosy University/Orange County while living in Houston. He takes most of his courses online, and flies out to Southern California to take courses when needed.

    “Online courses provide convenience and flexibility giving me time to focus on my career,” he said. “On campus courses provide the real college experience and allow interaction with professors and students.”

    Ajineh said Argosy’s flexible programs allow him to enjoy campus life, without sacrificing his career or family life. “Nabil is a great example of the type of student Argosy University serves – working adults who need degrees to advance in their careers,” said Dr. Jeb Egbert, campus president.

    Argosy University/Orange County is one of 18 Argosy University (www.argosyu.edu) locations in 12 states. Argosy University offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in psychology, business, counseling, and education. Argosy University also offers bachelor’s degree completion programs in psychology and business, and associate’s degree programs in various health sciences fields. Argosy University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA) (30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602), (800) 621-7440, www.ncahlc.org).

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