Accelerated degrees give students more flexibility - – Rockford’s News Leader

Accelerated degrees give students more flexibility


A pair of Rockford colleges offer people a chance to get a Bachelor's Degree in half the time.

Rasmussen College is expanding its Accelerated Bachelors Program, giving many adults with full time jobs a chance at earning credit hours, without the stress of a jam packed course load.

Professors at Rasmussen and Rockford College would say it's never too late to earn your degree. The programs offered are aimed at working adults, with busy life schedules, who want to get educated.

"The students have a great deal of life experience and they also have a great deal of work experience," Garry Lubbert, Rockford College "Return-to-College" Director said. "Our average age is probably 35, but we have students in the middle 20s up through 60 something. So they have a lot of work experience as well as life experience to draw upon."

Some students earned their Associates degrees years ago, but are looking to earn more. Rasmussen College recently added to its online accelerated program. It gives students more opportunities, and a chance to do it without even leaving their home.

"It's a program that's flexible for the working adult and somebody that needs to possibly secure a different job or a promotion at work," Craig Steege, Rasmussen College Campus Director said.

And it really is fast. Rockford College students only meet once a week, for four hours, focusing on one class ever five weeks. Steege at Rasmussen says he wishes he had done something like this.

"I spent almost 12 years in the Marine Corps and spent a career with Target, where I finished my degree as a store manager at Target," Steege said. "A program like this would've given me even more of an opportunity to do it quicker and to do it balance with my family. So anybody can do it."

If you're interested in enrolling, you can visit the college website, listed below.

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