Hodges University Receives Major Grant from Complete Florida to Offer Degree Opportunities for Adult Learners

Hodges University has been selected to participate in Complete Florida, a statewide legislative initiative designed to help adult learners, veterans and active duty military personnel complete a college degree. Hodges University is one of only 11 colleges and universities state-wide that have been invited to participate in the initiative.

Hodges University will contribute ten associate and bachelor degree programs to the effort spanning the fields of Business Administration, Marketing and Branding, Interdisciplinary Studies, Computer Information Technology and Digital Design and Graphics. Each program will be offered online with most courses taught by full-time Hodges University faculty. Each program also will feature accelerated classes which will be available on a year-round basis.

Hodges University also has received a $100,000 grant from Complete Florida to support the development of two competency-based undergraduate degree programs in the STEM field of information technology. Hodges University will begin offering a competency-based version of its highly successful programs in Computer Information Technology and Digital Design and Graphics this fall.

Competency-based learning (CBL) is a self-paced, academically rigorous and highly affordable degree completion option especially designed for adult learners and non-traditional students. Students receive the same high quality education they would expect in a traditional classroom. However, students also have the advantage of studying and working with faculty at their own pace while earning their associate or bachelor’s degree at a fraction of the cost of a typical college education.

By 2018, approximately 59 percent of the jobs in Florida will require postsecondary credentials beyond a high school diploma. With this in mind, the State University System of Florida, the Florida College System and the Florida Legislature have made it a priority to increase the percentage of Floridians with a postsecondary credential. Complete Florida addresses this critical gap in the state’s postsecondary landscape, with priority given to veterans and active duty military.

Led by the University of West Florida’s Innovation Institute and funded by the Florida Legislature, Complete Florida offers more than 50 fully online, flexible and accelerated degree programs and certificates, ranging from information technology to health care to business.

For additional information about Hodges University’s contribution to this statewide degree completion initiative for adult learners, please visit www.hodges.edu. For information on Complete Florida, visit www.completeflorida.org

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