Lincoln College expands Accelerated Bridge to Education program to
Open House Feb. 22 will introduce ABE
program to local residents
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[February 17, 2018]
- Lincoln College will expand its highly successful Accelerated
Bridge to Education (ABE) program for adult learners to the Lincoln
campus beginning this summer. To kick off the new program, an open
house has been set for Thursday, Feb. 22, in Lincoln Center Room
128A from 6-7:30 p.m.
very pleased that we are able to expand our adult learning
opportunities to the Lincoln campus. This is a way for Lincoln
College to better serve the entire Lincoln and Logan County
community by offering new opportunities for adults seeking to earn a
college degree with a flexible and affordable program close to
home,” said Dr. David Gerlach, President of Lincoln College.
Beginning the week of June 10, Lincoln College ABE will be offering
accelerated hybrid evening courses toward the Bachelor of Business
Administration in Business Management on the Lincoln Campus. Under
the ABE program, students attend class one night a week for four
hours (6-10 p.m.), supplemented by online learning for five weeks.
Upon completion of each five-week session, students earn a full
three credit hours toward their degrees, just as they would if they
had completed a semester’s work in a traditional program. By
offering nine sessions of five weeks in a 12-month period, a student
can earn 27 credits in a year by taking one course at a time.
a great way for working adults to make rapid progress toward their
college degrees,” said Vance Lane, Executive Director of the ABE
program. “The five-week sessions are manageable for adults trying to
juggle their work and family obligations.”
found that many students appreciate having the option to skip a
five-week session during the year. They may have a project at work
that requires them to devote some extra hours, or they may have
family obligations during certain times of the year,” he explained.
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The Accelerated Bridge to Education program is geared toward
adult learners aged 23 and older and is currently offered in Normal, Peoria and
Oglesby. Students take one class at a time and are able to complete a semester’s
work in five weeks. The Bachelor of Business Administration in Business
Management is the most popular major among ABE students.
At just $300 per credit hour for both tuition and fees, the ABE program offers a
significant savings over most other four-year institutions, including public
universities in Illinois.
In addition, ABE currently offers online five-week courses toward the Bachelor
of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Students still attend class via webcam for
four hours one night a week supplemented by online learning. This is an
attractive option for working adults who would have to drive a long distance to
attend a face-to-face class. Beginning in Fall 2018, additional courses in this
webcam hybrid format will be offered toward the Bachelor of Science in Criminal
Justice and the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration.
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