Career Education: Indiana State University has launched a new program to encourage adults who did not complete their college education to return to school and earn four-year degrees.
The newly created Adult Career Education (ACE) program hopes to target persons 25 or older that have already completed approximately 60 hours of college credit or more. The program is intended to assist these returning students in earning a Bachelor of Science degree by way of an accelerated program that focuses on online courses and provides credit for college-level learning gained outside the classroom.
According to Indiana State University President Don Bradley: “More than ever, education holds the key to success in life. By helping more people complete a college degree, Indiana State University will be helping our state and nation be more competitive.”
Bradley’s colleague Jeff McNabb, the associate dean of the College of Technology, furthered the point by acknowledging “the real appeal to this program will be the flexibility it offers students to design a course of study that really connects with their individual needs and interests.”
With US Census figures indicating that more than 54 million American workers without college degrees that have some college credit and an increasing number of jobs requiring four-year degrees, the ACE program and Indiana State University is an exciting step forward for students who want to advance their current professions, change careers, or prepare for an advanced degree.