By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal-LaGrange University is announcing the next series of classes starting in January for its Advance adult degree-completion program.
The program gives working adults who already have earned an associate's degree an opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree within 18 months by taking a certain combination of classes.
The Advance classes meet one night a week for five weeks. Participants stay with the same group of adult learners -- known as "cohorts" -- throughout their degree program.
The Advance program offers three different majors:
º Organizational management, geared for those in business or management careers.
º Criminal justice, geared for those in law enforcement of corrections careers.
º Child development, a hybrid program that combines online classes with traditional in-classroom instruction.
An orientation session for the organizational management major will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 7, and an orientation for the criminal justice major will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 14. Both sessions will take place in the Burt Administration Building on the HLGU campus.
Marc Hurt, director of the Advance program, said participants in the child development program won't have a traditional orientation session. Instead, they will be directed to watch an introduction video on HLGU's website, www.hlg.edu.
Prospective students are encouraged to have all of their relevant associate degree transcripts sent to the university's Advance office before the orientations.
"This allows us to do an evaluation of what the student will need and assists the adult learner to know what to expect before getting to the orientation," Darcia Miller, the Advance program's associate director, said in a news release.
Prospective students can find out more about the program and how it works by going to www.hlg.edu and clicking on the links to the Advance program. People also can schedule an individual conference by calling Hurt at (573) 629-3189 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The university is offering a voucher on its website that waives the customary $25 Advance application fee if the application and voucher are submitted by Dec. 3.