FGCU unveils adult-oriented degree program

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Florida Gulf Coast University is following through with its commitment to continue providing educational opportunities to working adults so they can complete their degree.

The program is called “FGCU Complete,” and it offers people with a year-and-a-half or more of college credits to pursue an FGCU bachelor’s degree.

Right now, the program is in place in Charlotte County, with plans to expand across Southwest Florida.

“We are enthusiastic about expanding our presence in Charlotte County and enhancing our service to its citizens,” said FGCU President Mike Martin. “The completer program, to be offered in collaboration with Florida SouthWestern State College, will, we believe, meet a real local need while serving as a model for similar applications elsewhere in the region.  It could also serve as a platform for offering more comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs.”

There are currently three degree programs that are a part of FGCU’s program: Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Resort and Hospitality Management.

“These three degrees are ideally aligned with Southwest Florida workforce needs. Furthermore, the multidisciplinary approach of these degrees—which combines courses across programs—provides flexibility and adaptability well-suited to adult learners’ unique academic and professional needs, making these majors perfect for degree-completion,” said Dr. Paul Thornton, executive director of continuing education at FGCU.

The Charlotte County pilot course differs from traditional collegiate semesters by offering eight-week terms as opposed to the traditional 16-week semester at FGCU. Beginning in the spring of 2019, FGCU Complete will formally launch across Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties.

“Our overarching objective is to provide adults, especially working adults, a means to expand their horizons and be more productive members of the local workforce,” Martin said.

Although FGCU Complete is pending approval from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the program is set to begin in October.

Students interested in the pilot program are invited to attend an informational Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the FGCU Herald County Centre at 117 Herald Court in Punta Gorda. It is set to start at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact FGCU’s Office of Continuing Education at (239) 745-4700 or email

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