Huntingdon College opens ADCP site on SUSCC’s Opelika Campus
Beginning in January 2014, Southern Union State Community College and Huntingdon College will offer students an opportunity to gain a traditional college degree in a non-traditional manner.
SUSCC’s Opelika Campus is the newest of 11 sites offering Huntingdon’s Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP), an accelerated program that is designed for working professionals interested in increasing their marketability and for adults who are interested in re-entering the workplace, and for community college students who are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree. Through this convenient program, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management can be completed by attending class one night a week. Classes meet in five-week sessions. There are three five-week sessions per semester. These classes are offered on SUSCC’s Opelika campus, so students can attend Huntingdon classes without leaving the familiarity of SU.
“This program really understands the needs of adults,” said Rebecca Masic, site coordinator for the ADCP program in Opelika and the director of academic support operations for ADCP. “College can be intimidating for anyone, but especially for adults going back to finish a degree; it makes a huge difference to be able to stay at a small setting such as SUSCC for the whole process.”
Masic herself attended Southern Union and is a graduate of Huntingdon’s ADCP program. “Huntingdon is a four-year institution rich in tradition and committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom and service. There is a true sense of family there. You know your success is their priority.”
SU Interim President Dr. Glenda Colagross added, “We are so excited to start this venture with Huntingdon College. This is a great opportunity for our students who are comfortable at Southern Union to continue taking classes on our campus while working toward their four-year degree. We already have 15 students enrolled in the program and are looking forward to expanding it even more. ”
Approximately 260 adults are enrolled in the ADCP program throughout the state. And, 42% of Huntingdon graduates each May are ADCP students. Masic added that that sometimes students are concerned that their degree will be different from the day students on campus; but that worry is unfounded. “I can attest that it is the same degree, same transcripts just as the traditional day students,” she said.
The ADCP program is offered under the W. James Samford, Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies. There is no charge to apply for the program. Tuition is $325/credit hour and the program is pell eligible. Prospective students may apply for admission anytime and may start courses at the beginning of any five-week session.
For more information on the ADCP program offered on Southern Union’s Opelika campus, contact Masic at 334-745-2940 or visit www.huntingdon.edu/adcp.