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Like no other college

"No other college had a program like ACCEL that offers classes evenings and weekends, and gives students the freedom of taking one course at a time," Chapman says.

In her own words

"It felt good knowing that everyone was in the same boat, that we weren’t just going to college, that we had jobs and families, too."

ACCEL student Brandi Chapman believes she's discovered the key to a brighter future—earning her bachelor's degree from St. Ambrose University's ACCEL Program.

Ten years after earning her associate’s degree, Chapman wanted to return to college to pursue a four-year degree. With a family and a full-time position as a personal banker at First Federal Savings Bank in Burlington, Iowa, she wanted a program that would offer her a combination of both value and flexibility. Her research led her to choose St. Ambrose's ACCEL Program.

"No other college had a program like ACCEL that offers classes evenings and weekends, and gives students the freedom of taking one course at a time," Chapman says.

And once she began attending classes last year, Chapman also discovered another important benefit of ACCEL. It was the comfort level she experienced among her classmates—adults, like her, balancing work, family and school. "It felt good knowing that everyone was in the same boat, that we weren't just going to college, that we had jobs and families, too.”

Value, flexibility, a sense of shared aims, and a great program—all make up that key of a St. Ambrose degree. "I'm hoping it will open up a lot of opportunities for me," she says. "Having a bachelor's degree definitely gets your foot in the door."

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