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New degree at Tulsa Community College is designed for working adults returning to college

Posted at 5:42 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 06:42:18-04

TULSA, Okla. — This fall semester Tulsa Community College (TCC) is starting its new "Direct Degree" program designed for working adults who are returning to college.

It is a two-year Associate in Arts in Psychology taught in eight-week blocks. Courses will be taught both in person and online.

"It's a way for parents for working adults to come back to school and earn their degree without having to think about scheduling their classes for two years out," said Eunice Tarver, the Provost at TCC's northeast campus.

Incentives for the program include a yearly textbook stipend, free tutoring and summer course tuition waived.

"I was nervous at first. I think anyone would be after being out of school for so long, but the nerves are kind of settling and now I'm just ready to get started," said Kristin Martin, a new student in the program.

She is returning to college after 18 years. Martin studied cosmetology at a technical school and has been working as a stylist, but she said she is ready for a new challenge.

"I want to get a Master's degree in forensic psychology," said Martin.

Her Associate's degree will fully transfer to Northeastern State University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree.

Currently, the direct degree program has limited space and a selected admissions process. If you're interested in the accelerated program, there are opportunities to sign up for the next block.

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