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MCC Offers New Online Associate in Science Degree with Focus in Business

[Friday, March 28, 2014]

Working adults and college students who are interested in earning a degree, but need flexibility because of job or family schedules, may consider a new, online path to a business degree. McHenry County College offers a new 16-month Associate in Science online degree with an emphasis in business.

This online associate degree will seamlessly transfer to either an online or traditional business administration program at any of the following four-year universities: Aurora University, Columbia College of Missouri, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In addition to our partner four-year institutions, the coursework in this program will apply toward baccalaureate business-related programs at numerous other institutions.

"This online degree is ideal for anyone, especially professionals who work during the day or single parents or people with disabilities who prefer to take classes on their home computer," said Ray Lawson, director of Online Learning and Educational Technology at MCC. "Studies show that today’s students are very interactive online and our courses allow them to interact with faculty in several ways, such as through email, discussion boards and chat rooms," Lawson said.

The coursework is slightly accelerated and students can expect to earn their associate degree in 16 months, compared to the typical 24 months, Lawson said. The plan includes core business and general education coursework for the first two years of a four-year program. It can be completed entirely online, except for the Introduction to Speech (SPE 151), which is offered as a blended course.

In addition to the convenience and flexibility of the online degree is that students pay the same tuition price, no matter if they are in-district or out-of-district, Lawson noted.

New students can start as early as this summer by taking two basic, required courses, including the required Computer Literacy (CDM 110) and The College Experience (MCC 101) and continue their coursework with other classes in the fall. Summer courses begin June 9.

To find out how to get started with the online AS degree and about transfer opportunities, contact Kristi Broda in the MCC Advising Department, at (815) 479-7576.

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