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Job Growth Trends Point to Need for Degree Completion Programs

The attainment of a bachelor's degree has a significant impact on employment opportunities, according to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Degree completion programs, such as the University of Northern Colorado's Online Sociology Bachelor of Arts Completion program, provide opportunities for those with some college but no 4-year degree to gain access to the limited new job growth in America.

The statistics, recently summarized by Dr. Ed Yardeni, show that from July 2010 to July 2011 employment among adults with a bachelor's degree or higher increased by 720,000 jobs, while employment was nearly flat for those with some college but no 4-year degree. July 2011 unemployment for those with a bachelor's or higher was only 4.4%, compared to 8.4% for those with some college or an associates degree.

These figures underline the need for access to degree completion opportunities for those with some college but no bachelor's degree. In Colorado alone, this population comprises more than 630,000 individuals.

A Completion Program Designed for Adult Learners
The key to helping this population complete their degree is access to programs that fit into their lives and schedules. The UNC Online Sociology Bachelor of Arts Completion is designed to be convenient and accessible for those across the state and nationwide. The course schedule allows students to take up to 12 credits per term while only taking 2 courses at a time. More credits are available most terms for those who desire to further accelerate their education.

This broad liberal arts degree emphasizes transferrable skills that can be applied to any industry, providing graduates with an array of career options. Students can begin any term on their path to new jobs and expanded opportunities for advancement.

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