It’s Never Too Late To Finish

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We sat down with Business Management graduate Kathy Schmidt to discuss what motivated her to go back to college, and why she chose the Albertus Magnus College New Dimensions Program.

It was my first foray into college. I had always wanted to go to college after high school, and life kind of got in the way because I was interested in other things. Once my children started college I decided it was time for me to go to college.

I had never really worked with a team per se, so it just made my learning experience stronger and also having that team experience helps in my work environment as well.  It developed strong friendships that I’ve just kept the past four years.

Having an intended graduation date was great for me because I had that goal of knowing I will really finish and get my degree in 4 years; I didn’t want to flounder and have it take 6 or 8 years. I knew down the road I could further my career by having a degree, in particular a bachelor’s degree, and I knew I would get ahead by having my degree.

If you are wanting to go back to school to get your degree, and you’re hesitant, you should make the decision to go because it’s well worth it. You’ll never regret it.  Now is the time to go!

What is new with New Dimensions?

This has been the big question that many people have asked throughout the past several months. The Albertus Magnus Campus is adapting the name New Dimensions for its Associates, Bachelors and Masters cohorts with you in mind!

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Throughout the past couple months we have been gearing up for our September classes which mark great changes. After review we have been able to open our doors to accept the highest amount of transfer credits to date. As partners with the surrounding Community Colleges, we want our students to know that their experience counts, and that here at Albertus, we welcome and accept your previous hard work.

A second change will be the new development and structure of our classes. Come September our classes will move from having a “learning team” aspect to having a “blended” online portion. This modification is to help students interact with their entire class, while honing vital computer skills that will be needed once entering the work-world.

Lastly, our final implementation is our new open enrollment that circulates year round. Understanding that our students are busy, and that everyone has a unique schedule, we modified our Cohorts to where students can “jump in” at any given time. This structure allows students to join a cohort when they feel they are ready, and allows them to pick up classes at the end of the given year.

All of these changes take effect come September, and have been done to make continuing your education that much more feasible. Our September Open Houses are on Tuesday, September 9th at our East Hartford Campus and Thursday, September 11th at our New Haven Campus. Registration for these events are up online, and we look forward to see you there!

 

Finish Your Educational Journey Here

Have you started your educational journey at a local community college? Are you looking to transition this journey to a four-year school? The New Dimensions program at Albertus Magnus is the place for you! With our easily accessible locations in East Hartford and New Haven, flexible class schedules, and dedicated staff, we are here to make the transition as smooth as possible for you.

Sonny Le, one of our current students in our New Dimensions Program at our East Hartford campus, shares his experience transitioning from a community college to Albertus Magnus College.

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What made you choose Albertus Magnus College/New Dimensions?

Sonny: Well, I currently work a full-time job and needed something that could fit into my busy schedule. The New Dimensions Program at Albertus Magnus College was highly recommended by my co-workers and I love the set-up of having class once a week, on one specific day, from 6 to 10 p.m.

What was your biggest concern about transferring?

Sonny: I had been out of school for a while! I knew I was rusty and was coming back to school to finish my degree as an older adult. I was nervous as to whether or not I could actually do it. Enrolling in the New Dimensions Program really alleviated my fears though, as I would soon find out that most of my classmates were in the same boat as me.

What stood out to you during the Admissions process?

Sonny: The admissions counselors were a tremendous help and were key to this process. As said above, I was nervous about coming back to school full-time and my admissions counselor was there every step of the way. They helped calm my nerves, and patiently walked me through the process of the New Dimensions Program, keeping in touch throughout the whole thing!

How could we have improved the transition for you?

Sonny: Honestly? Nothing. I know with working full-time, and having other commitments, that I was a little slower than I should have been with getting all my requirements completed. But, with all the support and guidance from my admissions counselor, we were able to get it completed on time, together.

What advice would you give to other students looking to transfer?

Sonny: Don’t be nervous! It’s a big step, but it is definitely worth it. I have been in class for about six months now and am 100% happy that I chose the New Dimensions Program at Albertus. The support there is tremendous, both in and out of the classroom and they believe in your success.

If you are interested in finding out more about our New Dimensions Program, click here to discover the program and register to an Open House!