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Have college credits but no degree? USF joins effort to get working adults back to college

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October

TAMPA — If you have a pile of college credits but no degree to show for it, you’re the target of a new statewide push to get working adults back in the classroom — online.

The Complete Florida initiative, funded by the legislature, wants to make it easier for 2.8 million Floridians to transition back to school and finish their degrees.

The University of South Florida announced on Monday that it’s joining the cause by offering five online bachelor’s degrees in general studies. The concentrations offered will be criminal justice, information studies: information architecture, information technology, public administration and public health.

The idea is to give Complete Florida students flexibility and a skill set that directly serves the state’s workforce needs.

“Nearly every career field now requires a college degree for advancement, and we are excited to participate in this effort to drive degree completion in Florida,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “In partnership with Complete Florida, adults desiring to return to college now have a pathway to earn a USF degree, which will provide long-term benefits in their professional lives and help secure a better future for their families.”

USF expects its first wave of Complete Florida students in spring 2017. About 50 to 100 students will enroll in the first year, with an aim of boosting that number over time.

Participating students get one-on-one coaching about everything from admissions to financial aid to class registration.

USF has offered bachelor’s degrees in general studies since 2008, allowing students the flexibility to design a degree that meets their career goals.

Interested in the Complete Florida program? Visit www.CompleteFlorida.org or call 855-814-8240 to learn more.

[Last modified: Monday, October 24, 2016 12:11pm]

    

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