University of Dubuque to Offer Adult Accelerated Program in Cedar Rapids

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Many adults are going back to college as they deal with job loss or need more money to make ends meet. Those troubles help explain a spike in adult-accelerated programs at Iowa's Colleges and Universities. It also explains why the University of Dubuque will soon open a satellite location in Cedar Rapids.

The University of Dubuque will offer classes in its popular "LIFE" program.

"It's for working professional adult students where they would only be in a classroom with people who share their same experiences," said Jesse James, Dean of Admissions for the university.

Administrators opted to expand that program to Cedar Rapids. "What we discovered in Cedar Rapids, our market research indicated that the program would work in the Cedar Rapids area, " said James.

Across town, Mt. Mercy University offers a similar adult accelerated program. They've been holding weekly classes for working adults for the past 16 years.

Mt. Mercy offers similar courses of study, also in the five week per course format.

One difference between Mt. Mercy and the University of Dubuque's programs is U.D. has a free daycare center for adult students who have children.Mt. Mercy doesn't offer that. However Castle says they have a network of traditional age students who offer to babysit during those evening classes.

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