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Expert: Ken Grzywa
Ken Grzywa is a relationship manager on hand to advise law enforcement, firefighters, corrections officers, and security professionals on how higher education can make a difference in their career fields. His specialty is Bellevue University’s Public Service degree programs.
Posted by on July 20, 2009
Hi, Mr. Woolford. In today's economy how can a middle aged woman still benefit from a higher education and get an edge in some of the toughest job markets in America? I would also like to know how a state certification in business computer systems and accounting matches up to an associate's degree in business.
Thank you for your assistance with this matter.
Posted by Willie Woolford
Under any circumstances, and especially in uncertain economic times, higher education is a key factor in getting a better job and increasing your earning potential. More often than not, when employers are making hiring decisions and faced with a candidate with a bachelor’s degree and one without, the candidate with the degree is offered the position. A bachelor’s degree makes professionals more marketable. Bellevue University developed its accelerated bachelor’s degree completion programs to help working adults, with an associate’s degree or some college credit, complete a bachelor’s degree in as little as 12 months. Courses are taken in class or online to accommodate your busy schedule.
Each employer looks at certifications differently. While certifications in a certain field are great, a certification only trains a professional for one specific aspect of the job. A degree prepares professionals with a wide range of knowledge encompassing the field as a whole. A degree ensures you are well-rounded in all facets of your chosen career. To learn how your past training and experience fits into a Bellevue University accelerated bachelor’s degree completion program, call 800-756-7920 for a free evaluation. To learn more about accelerated bachelor’s degree completion programs, visit www.bellevue.edu.
Willie Woolford, Bellevue University
I'm a military serviceman currently stationed in Iraq, with an interest in becoming a police officer when I get back to the States. I'd like to prepare myself as much as possible, as well as maybe give myself a leg up on the competition. How can Bellevue University help me?
Preparing for your post-military career while you’re still active is a wise decision. If you are currently serving as an MP, your experience is a definite plus. With a bachelor’s degree, I am confident that you will have a competitive edge when interviewing for a law enforcement position.
Bellevue University can help you complete your bachelor's degree in as little as 12 months with our accelerated degree completion program. Enroll with your associate's degree, or close to 60 credits, and complete your bachelor's degree in about a year in class or online. No other regionally accredited university gives you a faster way.
Simply send us copies of your military training and previous college transcripts, and Bellevue University will provide you with a FREE evaluation of the credits you currently have, and reward you with college credit for your military training. We will work with you to take advantage of all of the financial aid available to you through the military. Mail copies of your training records and college transcripts to Bellevue University, Attn: Evaluation Department, 1000 Galvin Road South, Bellevue, Nebraska, 68005.
I already have an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, but am not sure as to what type of field I want to get my Bachelor's in. I don't want to paint myself in a corner by committing myself to a program that I may eventually decide against (e.g., forensics vs. admin). At the same time, I don't want to just waste my time by failing to get class credits in courses I'll probably end up having to take anyway. How flexible is Bellevue University in giving me some latitude in not declaring a major, but guiding me to courses that might be applicable to different majors?
Your degree and major are certainly important, but it is your "total package" that you should consider when determining your future direction. As a general rule, a college major does not educate you for just one specific job. Instead, it allows you to develop skills and abilities in your area of interest that can be applied to a broad range of occupations. This means that your future career relates just as much to your career interests, work values, work-related experiences, and transferable skills as it does to your specific academic major
At Bellevue University, we’re committed to helping you choose the right degree. One tool I recommend is found on our web site (www.bellevue.edu), under “Career Services.” Click on the “What Can I Do With A Major In…?” to aid you in your decision.
I'm currently doing a lot of shift work -- many weeks I don't know what shift or day I'll be working until the last second. Will this affect my ability to participate in courses and take exams (especially if the tests are scheduled for times I may be at work)?
Good news! Bellevue University's programs were designed to meet the needs of students just like you. Our award-winning Cyber-Active® Learning Platform allows you to “attend” class, meet with fellow students, discuss lessons with instructors, complete assignments, and conduct research. You can log on 24-hours a day, seven days a week from most anywhere in the world, even if you change shifts or duty stations. Bellevue University’s flexible degree programs allow you to complete your degree on your own schedule.
Posted by on July 17, 2009
I want to put my education on the fast track. How fast can I earn a criminal justice degree?
You can complete your bachelor's degree in class or online in as little as 12 months - with the Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs at Bellevue University.
If you have your associate’s degree – or close to 60 credit hours – that credit is applied toward your bachelor’s degree. We don’t make you repeat courses. If you have fewer credits, we have many ways to help you earn what you need to get started – including credit completed for training on the job or in the military.