Whether you've taken a few courses or already earned your Associate's degree, ACCEL at St. Ambrose makes it possible for you to complete your bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace. It's called ACCEL for a reason!
ACCEL is also about flexibility. Programs are designed to fit into full-time work schedules. You can take courses in multiple delivery formats, including evenings, weekends, on campus, online and hybrid. We focus on the needs of each individual student and work with you as special job or family needs arise.
The ACCEL team also works to continuously improve each program's learning and service experience. We request and listen to student input and apply what we learn. That helps us help you to live your life while you earn your degree.
For Sandi Bunch '14, a Plans Analyst for the Army Sustainment Command at the Rock Island Arsenal, the easy way through life was never an option.
"By the age of 27 I had completed a 4-year Marine Corps enlistment, married, birthed a beautiful daughter, divorced, lost my home, and was raising my child in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, on a $10.50/hour job. That was rock bottom for me ... I made the decision that I did not want that kind of life for myself or my daughter."
She enrolled at St. Ambrose and worked tirelessly – taking a heavy class load to graduate early – and earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration degree in May 2014. She also earned the Debra M. Livingston Outstanding Adult Student Award.
"I have lofty professional goals as well and would love to be among the few Senior Executive Service members of our government (which is equivalent to the rank of a General Officer). I am a young mother, and by the time my daughter graduates high school, I will not even be at the halfway point in my professional career; I want to travel and learn about other cultures and governments.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the St. Ambrose accelerated program and am proud to report that this is the first school I've ever attended where I made the Dean's list."
Read Sandi's complete story here.