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New business degree at Mesa College picks up the pace for working adults

August 5, 2016
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San Diego Mesa College

Working adults who want to earn a college degree should look into a new business degree program that launches this fall at San Diego Mesa College. The program offers convenient classes, and puts enrolled students on a sequential path that enables them to complete their degree in three years -- and gives them priority admission status to the California State University system.  

A registration workshop will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon on the Mesa College campus. Interested persons can register for the workshop by emailing mesapace@sdccd.edu. Attendees can enroll in the program at the workshop and will be guaranteed placement in fall classes, which begin Aug. 22.

“This is a fast, convenient and affordable solution tailored to busy, working adults,” said Mesa President Pamela T. Luster. “Every element of the PACE program adapts to a career schedule and lifestyle, so that working students can balance work and family while earning a college degree to advance their career.”

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in Business is the first to be offered under the college’s new Pathways for Accelerated College Education, or PACE program.

The PACE format is designed with the working and non-traditional student in mind. Students will take no more than two classes at a time, with courses offered evenings, and in 8-week, fully online or in a hybrid format that combines online and in-class instruction. 

Other benefits of PACE include guaranteed class placement, guaranteed classes (no cancellations), online and evening counseling and support services, and meet, greet and learn events. The cohort model engages a tight-knit learning community of students, who stay together throughout their entire academic program.

“PACE is a great example of how we, as educators, can tailor our traditional programs to meet the demands of today’s students and workforce,” said Danene Brown, Dean of the School of Business and Technology.

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) degree fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University System.

The college has plans to launch similar accelerated programs targeted to working adults in the future. More information can be found at www.sdmesa.edu/pace.

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