Saturday Fast-Track Degree program for business students at Gaston College
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Saturday Fast-Track Degree program with a business Focus

Saturday Fast-Track Degree program for business students at Gaston College

A business-focused Associate in Arts degree can be attained in just 17 months through the Fast-Track Degree program offered by Gaston College. Students who enroll in the program for the fall 20Mixed group of students in college17 semester, which starts in August, will earn the credits they need for the degree by the end of the fall semester in December 2018. They will attend Gaston College for a total of four semesters—Fall 2017, and Spring, Summer, and Fall 2018.

The program’s classes meet on the Gaston College Kimbrell Campus in Belmont, and will be held on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Most of the classes are hybrid, meaning they combine in-class (seated) and online lessons. A few classes are online only, such as the two classes required during the summer semester.

The Fast-Track program was designed for working adults who are willing to dedicate Saturday mornings for in-person study toward obtaining their degree. Although some students may prefer the flexibility of a completely online program (an option that Gaston College does offer), the hybrid Fast-Track program gives students the opportunity to have some direct interaction with their professors. “We believe this model capitalizes on the benefits of both online and seated learning experiences,” said Dr. Heather Woodson, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Gaston College.

Included in the program’s business-focused curriculum are Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Business, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, and Principles of Accounting. General education courses, such as English and Psychology, are also included.

The Associate in Arts (AA) is a transfer degree that is part of the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between community colleges and public universities within North Carolina. The objective of the agreement is the smooth transfer of students. All of the Fast-Track program’s classes are fully transferable when students continue their education to pursue their bachelor’s degrees.

In collaboration with Gaston College, Belmont Abbey College is beginning an accelerated Saturday morning format for business students. Gaston College students who have completed the Fast-Track Associate in Arts degree program can go on to Belmont Abbey for their bachelor’s degree in business administration, and they can earn both degrees in a total of three years. “This is a partnership we’re very happy to pursue,” said Dr. David Williams, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Belmont Abbey, “and the most exciting aspect is the way that it deploys hybrid and accelerated coursework in a BA program that fits the busy lives of working adults.”

Information sessions have been scheduled for those interested in learning more about the Gaston College Fast-Track Degree program. The one-hour sessions will be held in Room 118 of the Gaston College Kimbrell Campus Classroom Building, 7220 Wilkinson Boulevard, Belmont, on Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. and on Thursday, July 20, at 6 p.m. Details about the program, including the class schedule and the enrollment process, will be shared, and representatives from Gaston College Student and Academic Affairs Divisions will be there to answer questions.

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