Thursday, July 8, 2010
ALPHA is new name for Coker Evening Program
Just happened to see this as my Google alert led me to the Coker College story. This is an interesting idea. Using a power name like ALPHA for the evening program makes it less of a mouthful and it does portray the values inherent in earning a college degree. (The photo is of some students who were getting ready for finals during the summer term of this ALPHA program.)
Coker College Evening Program renamed ALPHA
From local reports
Published: July 7, 2010
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HARTSVILLE — Coker College’s Evening and Extended Studies Program has been renamed ALPHA, Adult Learners Program for High Achievement.
With almost 40 years of experience and locations in Hartsville, Cheraw, Lake City, and Mullins, ALPHA gives adults the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at night.
“We wanted a name that is more representative of the students and outcomes of Coker’s evening program,” Dr. Barbara Jackowski, Coker College associate dean, said in a press release. “Our students are adult learners who work hard and aim high. They are earning a college degree to get more out of life, personally and professionally.”
Coker College ALPHA offers bachelor’s degree in business administration, criminology, early childhood education, elementary education, psychology, social work and sociology. The program is open to adults age 23 and older. Classes are offered two nights a week and on Saturday in some locations. Terms are eight weeks long and full-time ALPHA students can earn a degree in four years.
More than 450 adults in the Pee Dee are enrolled in ALPHA. The program has bridge agreements with Florence-Darlington Technical College and Northeastern Technical College, which eases the process of transferring to Coker.