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Are You Getting Close to Graduating from Eastern?

 

Thumbnail image for graduating-small.jpgIf you are close to graduating or are participating in Commencement on May 15, it is past time to think about getting your resume in good shape.  Eastern's Office of Career Services can be a big help.   Many Eastern students work, either full-time or part-time, while attending Eastern.  Adding that baccalaureate credential to your resume should give you a lot of additional options in looking for work.  Many employers use the bachelor's degree credential as a screening device and if you don't have it, your resume may not even be looked at.  Now that you're getting close to graduation day, be sure to put yourself in the best possible light.  Integrate your academic and work experience and make sure it is reflected in your resume and cover letters.    And, by the way, CONGRATULATIONS for getting this far!!  Hoping to see you at Commencement.  For details about Commencement visit: http://www.easternct.edu/commencement/

 

 

Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

How to Make Time for College

Some of you are back in school for the first time in quite a while.  You Library3.jpgmight be panicking, thinking, "How can I possibly fit in all this extra work on top of my already busy life?"  Well, it is possible to do it.  I was just talking with our new student assistant, who is 25 years old, and his 'secret' would work for any of us.  In order to stay on top of your school work, you need to be organized with your time using every spare minute productively.  It will be a huge help if you have a planning calendar, either electronic or paper, and plot out all the little time blocks that you might normally waste and use them to study.  For example, if you have to wait while picking up your kids, be sure that you have course materials with you to review.  That reminds me that to be an efficient student it is critical that you take good notes in class -- then you will have something valuable to review while waiting to pick up your kids! 

 

My husband is a college teacher and I am amazed when he tells me how many young students take NO notes in class.  If you take good notes and review them frequently, you should be in good shape for most classes.  Usually, faculty members tell you in class what they want you to know for exams. 

 

If you do find yourself struggling in a class, don't be too proud to ask for help.  The Academic Services Center in the lower level of the Library has tutoring services as well as a Writing and Math Center.  Check out their services and hours at http://www.easternct.edu/asc/.

 

Most of us who work in the School of Continuing Education have been adult students at some point in our lives.  We know you can do this!  Don't hesitate to call us for assistance or for an advisement appointment, (860) 465-0206.

 

Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

 

 

The Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a flexible degree program available to part-time and full-time students who are 25 years of age or older. The BGS is especially appropriate for those who have gained significant learning through work and life experience.

Credit requirements for the BGS degree can be met through college coursework (taken at Eastern and other regionally accredited colleges) in combination with a maximum of 60 credits of nontraditional learning such as Eastern's Credit for Lifelong Learning (CLL) program (open to those 25 years and older), CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST tests, and American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations for military training.

Upon entry to the BGS program, each student completes a learning agreement with a Continuing Education advisor. This agreement outlines the student's proposed plan of study and ensures that all degree and University requirements will be met.  There is no time limit on when prior transfer courses were taken.  A minimum of 30 credits must be earned through actual coursework completed with Eastern.

For more information about the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree, call the School of Continuing Education at 860-465-0206. 

 

What the School of Continuing Education Does!


As an integral part of Eastern Connecticut State University, the School of Continuing Education (SCE) has a multi-faceted role in serving the residents of Connecticut.


SCE is dedicated to advising adults who want to return to college to finish their degree or attend college for the first time. The advisors in the School of Continuing Education are experts at assisting part-time and Bachelor of General Studies students.  Our Fast Track Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree Completion Program was designed for busy individuals who are at least 25 years old and who already have 60 or more prior college credits. The Fast Track is the quickest, most efficient way for most people to finish their bachelor's degree. In addition, you can accelerate your degree in many ways, through Credit for Life Long Learning, Fast Track courses, and by taking CLEP and DSST tests.
 

In addition, SCE runs a comprehensive winter and summer session schedule with such choices as online classes and accelerated classes in one-week, two-week, three-week and five- or six-week formats. Many students accelerate their degree by taking these accelerated formats.


In addition to college credit courses, the School of Continuing Education offers thousands of professional, non-credit courses through its affiliation with Gatlin Educational Services/Ed2Go.  Every fall and spring, the school makes available the SHRM® Learning System course for those seeking to take the Society of Human Resources examination.

SCE provides additional learning opportunities to all Eastern students with:

·         Off-campus sites (Groton, Sub Base, and Manchester and Capital Community Colleges) 

·         EasternOnline

·         Global Field Courses, which are short-term study abroad experiences

The School of Continuing Education also manages facility rentals to organizations in the community.

If you have questions, please, call (860) 465-0206.

Associate Dean Carol Williams
School of Continuing Education at Eastern

Why Do People Go Back to School?

I'm just back from a few days of vacation in Florida -- strangely it was cooler and dryer there than in Connecticut.  Having been away for a few days, I was surprised when one of our advisors, Joanne, told me how many people she had seen in the office this past week.  There has been a steady stream of potential students coming in to see our advisors this summer -- it seems much busier than usual. 

I asked Joanne what these students have told her about why they decided to come back to finish their bachelor's degree.  Joanne said that the predominant reason is caDSC_1284.jpgreer related.  Many students can see that their potential career growth is hampered if they don't have a bachelor's degree.  They may even have been hired by someone quite a bit younger than they are.  Other people may want to change careers.  The bachelor's degree is usually required for career advancement, since each new job attracts many applicants and employers can create a smaller pool for interviews by sorting on the basis of who has a bachelor's degree. 

I spoke with Kate, one of our other advisors, this morning.  Kate has an appointment today with someone who was working on his degree at Eastern quite a few years ago but dropped out.  Today he is meeting with Kate to see how quickly he can now finish a Bachelor of General Studies degree.   Kate is excited to reconnect with him and find out why he has now decided to complete his bachelor's degree.  

Each of our students in the School of Continuing Education has a special story and a unique perspective on why it is important for them to finish their degree.  If you'd like to share your story, we would love to hear it, and, you just might inspire someone else to take the plunge and go back to school this fall!!

 

Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

 

Why Does A Bachelor's Degree Matter?

You may be wondering, in such a rotten job climate, why you should bother to finish your bachelor's degree.  After all, there is an expense to continuing your education and most of us have many other things to spend that money on.  Perhaps you have children about to go to college and think that any extra money should go in their direction.

 

However, like it or not, if you don't have that BA/BS diploma, you may be jeopardizing your career.  With so many candidates for every job opening, employers need to find ways to sort through all the applications and hone down to a more manageable pool.  And what is one of the easiest ways to sort those applications?  You guessed it -- if you don't have a degree, your application for a position may end up in the wastebasket.

 

If you don't have a bachelor's degree, you are not alone.  In Connecticut, according to the Census Bureau, 62 percent of all working age adults have less than a bachelor's degree.   So, work on finishing that degree and you will maximize your viability and get a jump on the rest of that 62 percent.

 

The advisors in Eastern's School of Continuing Education will do everything they can to help you expedite the completion of your degree, whether it's fast track courses or pursuing our Credit for Lifelong Learning program, which grants college credits for what you have learned on the job.

 

Don't sacrifice your future by ignoring your own education!  Call the School of Continuing Education at (860) 465-0206, and let us help you get a jump on your career.

 

Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

 

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