With a new year, brings new resolutions. What have been some of yours? Have you finally decided to go back to school and get a degree or finish a degree you put on hold when the kids started coming? I was recently introduced to Ivy Bridge College (IBC), an online option for those looking to earn an associate's degree (which can be transferred to over 150 "name brand" partner schools including Arizona State University, the University of Maryland, Pace University, Pepperdine University, Rutgers University, George Mason University, among others.
I was lucky enough to complete my bachelors degree in health education prior to starting a family. But, that was not the case for many of my friends and family, who either had to put their secondary education on hold to tend to the family, or give up the idea of pursuing a degree. Take for instance my mother. She was part of the generation that got married and started a family right out of high school. Because of family hardships, she had to leave high school early to help with the family business, and in turn received her GED, instead of walking with her graduating class. Then, she married my father and had my oldest brother less than a year later. So, even if she thought about pursuing a college degree, those plans had to be put on hold. As the years went by, she welcomed my second brother and then myself, and had to work a part time job to help my father pay the bills. Again, college was not an option. That was until my parents helped put us through college and we began leaving the nest that she considered the idea of college. After a little hesitation, mainly because of the unknown and having been out of the school mindset for long, she enrolled in the local community college. She started out slow by taking one course a semester. Then, over time, she was able to get more comfortable with the computer and began taking online courses, in addition to attending classes on campus. Like many who return back to school, it took much longer to complete a two-year degree -- for her, it took her 6 yrs. to complete by attending part time. But, in 2008, I was able to see my mother walk across the stage and accept her associates degree. Both my father and I were so proud of her, and you could tell that she was excited to have completed one of her goals in life, which she put on the back burner for us kids. Even though she has no plans in the near future to continue on with a bachelors degree, she continues to check out the class offerings and has even taken some certificate programs to keep her mind sharp, as she learns new things.
So, if you are like my mother or know someone who is, why not make a plan to check out a local community college or even better, check out Ivy Bridge College online, and begin working towards an associate's degree, which can then be used towards a bachelors degree? What I love best about Ivy Bridge College is that they don't make you waste time in taking classes that will not transfer to a 4-year school. they have "established clearly articulated transfer agreements with each of their partner schools to eliminate this headache. They have mapped out success paths so their students aren’t wasting time or money. To see all of IBC’s partner schools, click here: http://ivybridge.tiffin.edu/transfer-programs/partner-universities". In addition to this hassle-free transfer agreement, Ivy Bridge College, in which 50% of their students are moms, offers flexibility and convenience, and will work with you and your family's schedule to make achieving an associate's degree possible. IBC offers great support services including the following:
o Dedicated weekly success coaching which includes career planning, resumé writing and interviewing skills
o Free tutoring
o Personalized academic advising and guided pathways to earning an accredited college degree
o Ability to earn a college degree in as little as 17 months
But, the best part of all is that IBC costs less than 1/3 of what it costs to attend other private schools (as per the College Board). Yes, you read that right. Now, how can you not take a moment to check out their associate degree program offering knowing this? So, what are you waiting for? Click here now to check out Ivy Bridge College, and make one of your goals for 2013 to go back to school -- http://ivybridge.tiffin.edu/.
One lucky reader will be eligible to receive a $1,000 discount off tuition, when they enroll with Ivy Bridge College. To be eligible for the $1,000 discount off tuition at Ivy Bridge College (IBC), the qualifying individuals will need to be degree seeking, enrolled in IBC a minimum of part-time, and new to IBC (specifically, not someone who has already applied to, enrolled in, or requested information from IBC). Classes at Ivy Bridge College Extension are not eligible for the discount. Limit one per person. All tuition discount offers expire September 1, 2013.
So, if you are one of the many moms out there that put college on hold, why not enter this giveaway for your chance to save $1,000 off of tuition, thanks to the folks at Ivy Bridge College.
I am making entry for this giveaway easy. Simply leave a comment below letting me know why you want to go back to school. Make sure to leave your email address with your comment. Good luck!
Contest Rules: This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on Jan. 23rd at 12:59PM EST. After giveaway ends, I will use Random.org to choose a winner. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email to confirm their prize. If I don't hear from winner within this time frame, then I will choose another winner, until a winner is confirmed.
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Ivy Bridge College. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating and a discount on classes at Ivy Bridge College.