is unveiling a new Degree
Completion Program that will help people navigate the rapidly changing
labor market and more successfully transition to better, higher paying jobs.
Bellarmine’s Degree Completion Program is designed for adult
students with some prior college credit who are looking for a convenient and
affordable path to finishing their bachelor’s degree. Classes are offered
online in 7-week blocks and allow students to learn at their own pace.
"Bellarmine has been monitoring the pandemic era
workforce, carefully assessing what skills and credentials Kentuckians may need
to move their careers forward in this shifting labor market," said Laura
Hartford, associate dean of Bellarmine’s College of Arts and Sciences.
"Our Degree Completion Program is meant to help adults who have some
college and life experience finish their degrees so they can obtain desirable
new job opportunities or advance in their current place of employment."
Hartford said the case for returning to complete a college
degree has never been stronger. According to KentuckianaWorks, Louisville’s
median wage for someone with a bachelor's degree is about $50,000. For someone
with only a high school degree, it's about half of that. Wage increases, along
with healthcare and other benefits that come with higher quality jobs, are in
demand in Kentucky. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the
Commonwealth leads the country in workers leaving their jobs in a national
trend known as the Great Resignation.
Degree completion students can choose between two paths to
earn a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies to advance their careers:
Organizational Leadership track offers training in communication, management
and understanding of human behavior. This degree prepares students for careers
as effective and ethical leaders to help organizations succeed.
Information Technology track gives students the practical skills they need to
understand and manage today's computer-based information systems. This track
includes courses in computer science, data management and business
administration, with a core grounded in the humanities and social sciences.
Each new student works one-on-one with dedicated advisors to
develop a personalized academic plan, taking into account their prior credit,
along with their goals after graduation. Academic credit can also be granted
for prior learning outside the classroom through professional, military,
volunteer, training and other life experiences.
Bellarmine’s degree completion program was also designed
with veterans in mind, through consultation with the university’s Office
of Veteran and Military Services. Bellarmine is the only private university
in Kentucky to receive the Military Support Colleges of Distinction
recognition, and it was named one of the best colleges for veterans among
Southern universities by U.S. News & World Report.
The program is competitively priced, at $500 per credit
hour, with textbooks included and no hidden fees. Financial aid plans are
available for most students.
###About Bellarmine University: Bellarmine (Louisville, Ky.) is
an inclusive independent Catholic university with strong liberal arts focus
that educates students in mind, body and spirit for meaningful lives, rewarding
careers, ethical leadership and service to improve the human condition. Founded
in 1950, Bellarmine offers more than 60 majors with an undergraduate and graduate
enrollment of nearly 3,500 students and has an alumni community of more than
25,000. The Bellarmine Knights field teams in 22 Division I sports, most in the
ASUN conference. Bellarmine is listed as a top U.S. university by publications
including The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.