"This is another landmark partnership in our college's history and,
more importantly, another bachelor's degree opportunity for our
students," said Corcoran. "We are honored Lincoln College-Normal has
chosen IVCC as the first off-site destination for its successful
Accelerated Bridge to Education program.
"From my perspective, our
two colleges working together makes perfect sense because we are
both committed to having a student-centered environment where
teaching is our top priority," Corcoran added.
"Everyone here appreciates the pressure on adult students,"
Astroth said of the accelerated degree completion program LCN is
bringing to IVCC.
The Accelerated Bridge to Education program from Lincoln
College-Normal offers accelerated bachelor's degree programs in
business, liberal arts, health services administration and criminal
justice. Students can earn up to 27 credits a year by taking classes
one night a week for five-week sessions. The classes will be offered
at the IVCC campus and much of the course work is completed online.
"This accelerated format allows students to enroll in three to
four courses sequentially each semester and finish a bachelor's
degree while maintaining their commitments to family and work," said
Jeff Kratz, dean of academic affairs for Lincoln College-Normal.
"Even for individuals with very little free time, that kind of
schedule may be manageable," Corcoran added.
IVCC alumni interested in enrolling in the accelerated program
must possess an A.A., A.S. or certain A.A.S. degrees, and must have
met all of LCN's general education requirements. To qualify,
students must be at least 23 years of age and have a minimum of
three years of full-time employment following high school.
"This program is a natural fit for many of our alumni who are
raising families and working full time. We believe they will take
advantage of this convenient, close-to-home bachelor's degree option
from a college that shares the same values we do and builds off the
associate degrees we offer," Corcoran said.
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Dr. Rick Pearce, vice president for learning and student
development at IVCC, said the two colleges will focus first on
business courses when the program begins in January.
"We will start slow, but I really feel this will take off," he
For more information on the Accelerated Bridge to Education and
Lincoln College-Normal, visit
www.abe.lincolncollege.edu. Information on Illinois Valley
Community College is available at
Lincoln College was founded in 1865 as Lincoln University. It is
the only college or university named after Abraham Lincoln during
his lifetime. Considered one of the pioneering institutions of
higher education in the region, the college established a branch
campus in the Bloomington-Normal area in 1979. LCN offers
accelerated and traditional bachelor's degree programs, as well as
professional certification and vocational training through Midwest
College of Cosmetology.
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