The Greater Louisville
Adult Degree Completion Network

Degrees Work is a FREE resource for the 94,000 working adults in Greater Louisville who began college but did not complete a degree.

Our coaches understand your needs and can provide expert advice on the best ways to finance your degree, balance work, family and college, transfer credits, and find the right program to study.

To get started with this unique, free regional resource, simply fill out the form below and we will be in touch.

About Degrees Work

Degrees Work is part of the 55,000 Degrees initiative in Greater Louisville. The goal is to increase the number of Greater Louisville residents with college degrees to create a better educated, work ready community that is attractive to new businesses and an excellent place to live, work and learn.

Seven colleges and universities as well as many community partners have come together to support adults returning to college. Bellarmine University, Indiana University Southeast, Ivy Tech, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Sullivan University, Spalding University and the University of Louisville have all agreed to work together to provide the most efficient pathway to graduation.

The Degrees Work coaches, their college and university partners along with KentuckianaWorks, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, the Louisville Free Public Library,and the Graduate Network work together to guide interested adults to a degree.

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Bellarmine University
David Kline
dkline@bellarmine.edu
IUS.V.201 Indiana University – Southeast
Nicole McKendrick
nmkend@ius.edu
Ivy Tech Logo Ivy Tech – South Central
Allison Brewer
abrewer74@ivytech.edu
JCTC Jefferson Community & Technical College
Brandon Gossett
brandon.gossett@kctcs.edu
Spalding Spalding University
Joi McAtee
jmcatee@spalding.edu
Sullivan Sullivan University

James Kearfott
jkearfott@sullivan.eduApril Wilkersonawilkerson@sullivan.edu
UL_CI_Logo_PMS University of Louisville
Eric Turner
Eric Turner@louisville.edu

Next steps and commonly asked questions

How will I pay for college?
  • Tuition Reimbursement from your company – contact your HR representative
  • Paying out of pocket ?  Here are some articles worth reading

What career do I want?
Here is an excellent resource http://degreesmatter.org/career-resources/

How will I pay for college?
  • Tuition Reimbursement from your company – contact your HR representative
  • Paying out of pocket ?  Here are some articles worth reading

How do I choose a college or university?

A good place to start is by looking to see if a college offers the degree that you want and also calculating the cost of attendance. Another consideration is the way classes are delivered – some colleges have online program, evening and weekend classes that may be more convenient for adult students. Make sure that the college or university you choose is regionally accredited. Regional accreditation means that you will be able to transfer your credit if you need to go someplace else and also will allow you to go to graduate school. You can also use a college selection website to help you with the decision.

Contact Kathleen if you would like to work with a Degrees Matter advisor to help you sort through your options, .

The seven schools that are part of the Degrees Matter network are excellent choices – all are regionally accredited, adult friendly and have a solid reputation that will make your degree valuable in the workplace.  Each school has selected an advisor dedicated to working with Degrees Matter adults.

 

Bellarmine University  -  David Kline at dkline@bellarmine.edu

Indiana University Southeast –  Nicole McKendrick at nmckend@ius.edu

Ivy Tech  - Allison Brewer at abrewer74@ivytech.edu

Jefferson Community and Technical College – Brandon Gossett at Brandon.gossett@kctcs.edu

Sullivan University –   James Kearfott at jkearfott@sullivan.edu or April Wilkerson at awilkerson@sullivan.edu

Spalding University – Joi McAtee at  jmcatee@spalding.edu

University of Louisville – Eric Turner at eric.turner@louisville.edu

http://degreesmatter.org/selecting-a-college/


I already have some college credit - will it transfer to a different college?

If you attended a regionally accredited college or university then your credit will probably transfer to a different institution. Sometimes the class will transfer as an equivalent class. For example ENG 101 at UofL will equal ENG 101 at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Sometimes the class will transfer as an elective – that means it will transfer toward the total number of credits needed to graduate but may not be one of the classes needed for your major.

The best thing you can do is contact the Admissions office at the college you want to attend and ask them to look at the classes you have taken. The Admissions offices or Transfer Center at the Degrees Matter partner colleges are linked below. They will be happy to work with you.

Bellarmine University

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Indiana University Southeast

Ivy Tech

Spalding University

Sullivan University

University of Louisville

 

Good to know:

  • State law in Kentucky says:
    • General Education Transfer Policy guarantees that if a student completes an associate (AA or AS) degree at a KCTCS college, any Kentucky public university will accept their general education credits as meeting lower-division general education requirements if their KCTCS transcript is certified.
    • Applied Associate Transfer Agreement guarantees that the general education courses students take as part of an applied associate in science (AAS) degree program will transfer and count toward the lower-division general education requirements at the school to which they transfer. This means that if you complete all of your general education courses or an associate’s degree in a KCTCS college that all Kentucky public universities must take those classes as your general education courses for your Bachelor’s degree.

Additional Resources:


Can I get credit for my work experience?

Some colleges and degree programs will give you credit for work experience, training or certificates you have earned. Each university is different so be sure to talk to your Admissions counselor about earning workplace credit.


Can I test out of classes?

Yes you can.  Most colleges and universities will give you credit for the CLEP (College-level Examination Program) exam. For more information on the exam, subjects available and review go to CLEP. Make sure that you discuss this with the advisor at the school you plan to attend to make sure they accept CLEP credit.


Is there someone who can help me negotiate the system?

A Degrees Work college coach will be happy to answer questions and walk you through the process. You can reach one by sending a note to Degrees Matter.

You can also talk to one of the advisors dedicated to helping adult students at one of the Degrees Matter schools.

Bellarmine University  -  David Kline at dkline@bellarmine.edu

Indiana University Southeast –  Nicole McKendrick at nmckend@ius.edu

Ivy Tech  - Allison Brewer at abrewer74@ivytech.edu

Jefferson Community and Technical College – Brandon Gossett at Brandon.gossett@kctcs.edu

Sullivan University –   James Kearfott at jkearfott@sullivan.edu or April Wilkerson at awilkerson@sullivsn.edu

Spalding University – Joi McAtee at  jmcatee@spalding.edu

University of Louisville – Eric Turner at eric.turner@louisville.edu