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Adult College Express program begins at Motlow College Smyrna Center this fall

June 20, 2013

Opportunity for adults wanting to earn college degrees is coming to the Motlow College Smyrna Center this fall through Motlow's Adult College Express program, according to Cheryl Hyland, center director.

"We are excited to be able to bring this very successful program to our Smyrna students," Hyland said. "ACE is designed for adults who think a college degree is out of reach because of careers, family obligations and the myriad other demands of adulthood. Through ACE, students can complete an associate's degree in general studies in 24 months while taking one class at a time."

Hyland said each group of students, called a "cohort," takes the same classes together, which is especially appealing to adult students because they have a built-in support system throughout the program.

There is no additional charge for taking classes in the ACE format, and students with prior college credit can join the cohort and take only the classes they need to complete their degree.

Classes meet once a week, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, for five weeks, except for math and science, which each meet twice a week for five weeks. Fall classes at Smyrna are scheduled in consecutive five-week sessions as follows:

Critical Thinking - IDS 1010 - Aug. 24 to Sept. 26;
Computer Applications - INFS 1010 - Oct. 1 to Oct. 29; and
General Biology I - BIOL 1110 - Nov. 5 to Dec. 10.

In addition to offering students an affordable program and convenient class schedule, Hyland said the ACE end product - an associate degree in general studies - is easily transferred and applicable to Tennessee Tech's bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies, Middle Tennessee State University's bachelor's in university studies, and Trevecca Nazarene University's bachelor of arts in management and human relations.

ACE graduate Mary Mealer said the program's availability makes the attainment of a college degree possible for many working adults.

"The ACE program opens the door for the working individual to obtain his or her degree," she said. "I probably would not have been able to pursue my dream of furthering my education without it… The venture was a tremendous amount of work but I would not trade the experience for anything."

Students wanting to enroll in ACE must complete an admission form, and submit official high school transcripts, GED scores, and college transcripts, if applicable. Those over age 21 who have never attended college will need to complete a COMPASS test to determine any developmental studies requirements.

Hyland said students should submit an ACE application that includes an essay explaining why they should be selected, and recommendations from two personal references. Also, an interview may be required.

For more information, call Motlow's Smyrna Center at 615-220-7800; Hyland at 931-220-7801; or email chyland@mscc.edu.