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August 19, 2019

8/8/2019 7:30:00 AM
Highly flexible accounting, administrative professional programs to debut this fall at Nicolet

Students looking to study in the accounting or administrative professional programs at Nicolet College will have significantly more flexibility in how they complete their coursework starting this fall.

Both programs will adopt the Nicolet My Way Competency-Based Education (CBE) format allowing students to complete their work at the times and at the pace that works best for them, according to a Nicolet press release.

"Many students juggle jobs and families and they need flexible course work if they are going to attend college," Nicolet accounting instructor Joel DeNamur said. "This new Nicolet My Way CBE format provides exactly that. It combines online classes with flexible open labs where students receive one-on-one and small group instruction. In both cases, instructors are always there to help and support students so they can earn the college credential that will get them ahead in life."

Classes start Sept. 4, and registration is now open. After that, students will be able to start classes monthly, instead of only at the beginning of the semester.

While the CBE format has been around for decades in other parts of the country, Nicolet was one of the first colleges to bring it to in Wisconsin when the welding program adopted the format in January 2018. Information technology instituted Nicolet My Way CBE that fall.

With the CBE model, students are not expected to move through the curriculum at the same pace as other students in the course. Instead, the curriculum is broken down into smaller chunks, known as competencies.

Once students have proven they've mastered one competency, they move on to the next. When they've demonstrated proficiency with all the required competencies, they are awarded college credits and ultimately a college degree.

"What's beneficial to students is that they progress through the competencies at their own pace," DeNamur explained. "If they have previous experience with a specific skill, they can progress through that competency fairly quickly. If they come across one that is more challenging, they can work one-on-one with the instructor until they grasp the concept and master the given skill."

Because the structure is flexible, students who prefer the more traditional classroom approach can set up their schedules to reflect that as well, DeNamur added.

"That's the beauty of it," he explained. "Some students like the social aspect of being in a class with others, of getting to know other students and meeting a challenge together. If that's what works best for them then that's what we'll put together."

Both the accounting and administrative professional programs are structured in a way where students can earn a short-term technical diploma and then use that credential as a stepping stone to a two-year associate's degree.

"Once students earn that short-term diploma, they can use that to get a job in their field of study and continue taking classes towards their associate's degree," DeNamur said. "That way they're earning money, they're getting valuable professional work experience, and they're learning more advanced skills so they can get an even better job when they graduate. It really is the perfect pathway."

More Nicolet programs are expected to adopt the CBE format in the future, the release states.

For more information about academic programs at Nicolet, including accounting and administrative professional, visit nicoletcollege.edu or call 715-365-4493, 1-800-544-3039: TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711 relay.





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