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Go Back To Get Ahead Goes Live Today

by Christine Stuart | Jun 2, 2014 1:00pm
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Julie Larkin

Julie Larkin received her associates degree from Manchester Community College in 2012, but she wants to go back and get a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Thanks to a $6 million line item in the state budget, at least three of her three-credit courses at one of the state’s four-year universities will be free.

Larkin began enrollment in the “Go Back to Get Ahead” program Monday and was accepted. She’s one of about 250 former students who have inquired either online at www.GoBackToGetAhead.com or by phone at 1-844-428-4228 about their enrollment in the program.

“I believe that it was fate that this opportunity came to light at this time,” Larkin said. “I was unsure whether I would return to college and finish my four-year degree when she received a call from Manchester Community College.”

The colleges are reaching out to about 65,000 students who may qualify for the program.

Gina Glickman, president of Manchester Community College, said there’s been a decrease in the number of credits students were taking this past semester because of “economics.” She said she hopes the program will increase the number of students enrolling and completing their degrees.

“We want people to come back to our college system,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday at Manchester Community College. “There are about 89,000 folks who started an associates degree program in the community colleges of the state of Connecticut and for whatever reasons — probably for some combination of reasons — have failed to complete that degree.”

It’s unknown how many of those individuals will be able to take advantage of the program because the price of the credits varies at the state’s 12 community colleges and four universities.

“In all honesty we’re not sure how much this program will get between now and September,” Malloy said.

A student has to have left the system for 18 months in order to be accepted to the program.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Malloy made the proposal as part of his budget address in February.

By the year 2020, it’s projected that 70 percent of all jobs in Connecticut will require a college degree, Malloy said.

“That’s up significantly over the last four years,” Malloy said. “A high school diploma doesn’t get you very far. In fact, a GED doesn’t even get you in the military anymore.”

Malloy described the program as temporary and not a permanent solution for students who want to get ahead.

There is no deadline on the program, but the resources are finite.

The ideal student, according to Malloy, would have less than six courses they needed to finish in order to get their degree. The cost of the degree would be at half the price based on the three free credits.

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posted by: Joebigjoe | June 2, 2014  3:36pm

In no way am I putting down Julie Larkin as getting that Bachelors degree has been a huge driver in our own house with our kids. I respect that she wants to do that.

However what kind of job does she expect to get with a psychology degree? You cant be a social worker. You arent a psychologist. If you want to do Marriage and Family Therapy and throw up a shingle then the psych degree is not the best way to get there.

A psych degree is really not going to open any doors that you cant already get through with an Associates.

posted by: art vandelay | June 2, 2014  9:21pm

art vandelay

God bless her. May she obtain her Bachelors, Master’s or even a PHD. Go for it.

posted by: Michele | June 3, 2014  10:50am

In response to Joebigjoe’s question about the usefulness of a degree in psychology: this kind of degree opens the doors to a variety of business careers, management, human resources, research, and, of course, higher education. I hope she gets a Ph.D. someday!

posted by: Joebigjoe | June 3, 2014  12:36pm

Based on research out there now on high unemployment for new college graduates by major, I stand by my last statement.

Sure can any college degree help? Yes, just because it shows that you can do something to get ahead that wasnt required by the government, and came from your own drive and ambition.

Alot of business grads out there without a job as well, so I wouldnt be so sure that in todays economy that a psych major will get a management job because you dont just walk into a management role with any new degree. Also the reality of ompeting against business grads that focused on HR related courses with their specialization doesn’t make a psych major a better candidate.

I’d love to see her get at least through her Masters degree but really evaluate the harsh reality of the world we live in now thanks to the policies of the Fed and Obama. Pysch majors, fine arts, communications, humanities grads are having a brutal time and many of them are wondering why they even got the degree they did as they collapse under debt while being Baristas at Starbucks.

posted by: gutbomb86 | June 3, 2014  1:22pm

gutbomb86

yup, leave it to a conservative to blame Obama in a conversation about a student’s decision to get a degree in psychology. Yawn.

posted by: Joebigjoe | June 3, 2014  1:40pm

Talking about available jobs in this economy Gutbomb. Directly related.

We always hear about jobs ion Science, Technology, Engineering and Math but the unemployment rate is 50% for new college grads with degrees in those majors.

Psychology is a touchy feely “emotional” degree which fits right into the lefts view of the world.

As for Obama how is his Treason working out for you these days? Lets an American praise Allah and claim the White House grounds Rose Garden on behalf of Allah with bis Arabic comment while they celebrate the return of a deserter who cost at least 6 American lives looking for him, so 5 mass murderers can go free. How is that psychology working for you? It ain’t working for most Americans these days as the truth starts to come out.

posted by: Michele | June 3, 2014  2:40pm

Joebigjoe, there are no guarantees with a degree. There are even fewer guarantees without a degree, and anytime women stand up and work hard to further their educations, they increase their potential for career growth. I guess your solution would be for this woman to crawl in an educational hole and maybe work at McD’s or stay home and hope her husband will take care of her. With or without the guarantee of a job or career possibilities, anytime a woman pursues higher education she sets an example for the women who will follow, her daughters and their daughters. And just like black men didn’t get into college initially without lawsuits and court/government decisions in their favor, many women will not have access to higher education without financial aid, grants, scholarships and programs like this one. More power to her!

posted by: Michele | June 3, 2014  2:43pm

By the way, the main point of this article is that underprivileged women who wish to pursue higher education can do so through programs such as this. It gives them choices. This is always a positive thing whether she ends up using that psychology degree or not. Scary stuff when women have choices, isn’t it? Really gets some people up in arms.

posted by: Joebigjoe | June 3, 2014  3:26pm

Wow get off your high horse. What is this woman stuff? I could care less if its a man or a woman. They want to get ahead and I’m giving advice on the real world. I said in the first paragraph that I respect that she wants to do that. I have a son that just graduated UConn on Mothers Day and when I ask him who has a job and who doesnt its the ones that majored in soft sciences or social sciences that dont have a job. Alot of people with business and STEM degrees too but everyone else is working part time at Subway and Starbucks etc.