By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief
Adults who have already taken some college classes have the opportunity to finish what they started through the Reach Higher degree completion program.
By 2018, 57 percent of Oklahoma jobs will require an education beyond high school. According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, those with an associate degree will earn $337,000 more than someone with only a high school diploma over the course of a lifetime. For those who earn a bachelor’s degree, this number increases to $805,000 more.
Monique Bruner, Reach Higher coordinator, helps working adults who want to complete their associate degree. Some students may have problems with D2L; others might have financial aid issues. “I help lower any roadblocks they encounter,“ Bruner said, “Adult students have less time and resources to devote to fixing these problems.”
The rapid success of the program has surprised everyone. “We started this program a year ago last April and it’s already produced 12 graduates,” Bruner said, “Remarkable, considering these numbers cover only the summer and fall semester.” Students who attended classes as far back as the 70s are returning to complete their degrees.
One of Bruner’s favorite parts of the degree completion program is the Adult Student Orientation. “The last one was held in January,” Bruner said, “It helped them prepare for the semester.”
There are definite plans for a fall semester Adult Student Orientation, to be held the last Saturday before school starts. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. It is open to all students, but is geared toward adult students in the Reach Higher program.
The degree available at Rose State through this specific program is an Associate in Arts, General Studies degree. To qualify for the program, a student must:
Have at least 18 hours of college credit.
Have a 2.0 GPA from previous college credit.
Have completed all required remedial coursework, if applicable.
There is no application fee for this program. To apply, go to okhighered.org/reachhigher. Participants will have one-on-one advisement, flexible enrollment periods year round, mentoring and problem solving assistance.
“Lots of students are referring their parents for this program,” Bruner said, “Those who are interested should call or email me so they know where they stand.”
Bruner can be reached at 405-733-7316, firstname.lastname@example.org, or in the Social Sciences building, Rm. 222.