William Woods University is offering Jefferson City area residents the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of science degree in computer and information management (CIM) without quitting work.
An orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the William Woods facility in Jefferson City, 3405 West Truman Blvd. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Halderman completed a CIM degree through William Woods. She chose WWU’s Graduate and Adult Studies program because, “The convenience of having class only one night a week worked well with my job. I could earn my degree in a reasonable amount of time and still continue to work full time.”
Entrance into the CIM program requires a minimum of two years’ professional experience, preferably in an information technology area. It is a 42-semester-hour program developed specifically for full-time working adults seeking to further their knowledge in the area of information technology and information management.
Successful completion of the CIM program prepares people for a variety of the more than half a million entry-level computer information management positions that are now available.
In the beginning, the Graduate and Adult Studies programs were located only in mid-Missouri. Now, thanks to the growing demand, William Woods has expanded its programs to locations across the state for the convenience of interested students.
These programs make it possible for people with full-time jobs to complete a baccalaureate or a graduate degree while remaining employed. The programs are designed to prepare students for career advancement and to enhance their marketability in the job market.
Employing a model of accelerated learning developed especially for the convenience of the working adult, the CIM program is structured so that a degree can be completed in as few as 18 months.
To better fit the schedules of the ever-busy adult learners, classes meet once a week in the evening for four hours. Study groups can meet once more to prepare projects and assignments before the upcoming week.
“With the teamwork approach of using study groups and projects within the
cohort model, students can draw on a greater pool of ideas, and they have the opportunity
to learn quickly that the effectiveness of one person can be greatly enhanced by utilizing the other members of the group,” said Betty R. Tutt, vice president and academic dean.
Because of the nature of programming—focusing effort on one course at a time—75 to 90 percent of all students finish their program successfully. Each course normally runs five to 10 weeks in length.
“William Woods University is a leader when it comes to designing quality programs for nontraditional adult students. Everything we do here at WWU in our Graduate and Adult Studies program is specifically designed to help adults succeed in reaching their goals as efficiently as possible,” said Tutt.
Non-traditional students reflect a growing national trend as more full-time working adults realize the value of maintaining a sustained involvement in higher education. Many adult students recognize that they need additional education either to advance in their current positions or to change careers.
In addition to the CIM, William Woods offers several other Graduate and Adult Studies programs, including an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, the ACCESS program of general education, a bachelor of science in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a bachelor of science in marketing, a bachelor of science in paralegal studies, a master of business administration (MBA), an MBA with accounting emphasis, an MBA with health management emphasis, an MBA with human resources emphasis, a master of education (M.Ed.) in both administration and in curriculum/instruction and a specialist of education in school administration.
To learn more about William Woods University’s CIM program or other Graduate and Adult Studies programs, visit the William Woods website at www.williamwoods.edu.