Get a New Start in the New Year with the College of DuPage Adult Fast Track Program
By Mike McKissack
The upcoming New Year’s holiday provides a great opportunity for individuals to pursue a goal and the College of DuPage Adult Fast Track program is a valuable tool for adult students wishing to pursue a new career or update their skills.
According to COD Professor of Psychology Ada Wainwright, the start of a new year can motivate change for many.
“A New Year's Resolution can provide a fresh start for goals that we would like to pursue,” she said. “When making resolutions, choose your goals wisely by including both short- and long-term goals, allowing for some elements of instant success and feedback. This methodology markedly increases the likelihood of success.”
An educational program is well-suited to this sort of goal setting, Wainwright said.
“Adults who are returning to college or enrolling for the first time can be significantly benefitted by the nature of academic endeavors, which are generally set up in a series of small goals leading to our ultimate goal, earning a degree or certificate,” she said.
Offered at the Glen Ellyn campus or at centers in Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont, COD’s Adult Fast Track program is a flexible accelerated program for adults age 21 and older who require accommodation for their busy lifestyles. Classes are held during eight-week sessions rather than the traditional 16-week format, and each class typically meets one evening per week for four hours. In addition, students can further accelerate the completion of their educational plans by supplementing an eight-week Adult Fast Track course by also enrolling in an online course or an additional non-accelerated eight-, 12- or 16-week classroom course.
The program offers an Associate in Arts degree, an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Management and certificates in Entrepreneurship, Management, Organizational Leadership and Supervision.
Andi Liedtke, Adult Fast Track program manager, touted the program’s flexibility and support for students inside and outside the classroom.
“We offer students ongoing support for the duration of their time at COD, whether that involves steering them to resources they might find useful, giving them a pep talk when they need it, or rejoicing with them when they accomplish a goal they doubted they’d ever achieve,” she said.
Liedtke said the program provides students the chance to prove to themselves that they have what it takes to realize academic success.
“No one is who they were five, 10, or 20 years ago, so we ask the 30- or 40-year-old students who contact us to be forgiving of and gentle with the younger versions of themselves and, instead of wasting time on regrets, celebrate the fact that they’ve grown into wiser, more mature, more confident people, as evidenced by the decision they’ve made to pursue their academic dreams,” she said.
The spring 2019 term and first eight-week session begin Saturday, Jan. 19. The second eight-week course begins Thursday, March 14. Registration is currently open.
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