Finally Realizing a Dream to Earn a College Degree

Finally realizing a dream to earn a college degreeWhen Cathy Emerick graduated from high school she was a single parent. While many of her friends went on to pursue their college degrees, she chose to focus on raising her daughter.

Naturally, life happened. She met her husband, who adopted her daughter, and both focused on developing their full-time careers. Attending college, while still an important priority for Cathy, felt like a distant dream.

After all, how could she possibly become a college student while raising a family and juggling a busy full-time job?

Then one day, Cathy happened to catch a commercial on TV advertising CTU’s Fast Track exams. “The idea of using my experience to earn college credit and get my degree faster was intriguing,” Cathy says. She figured that her 30 years of work experience had to be worth something, so she got in touch with a CTU admissions advisor to explore what might be possible.

That phone call was a life changer.

“The first thing I noticed was how helpful the CTU admissions advisor was,” she remembers, “We spent over an hour on the phone talking through my options.”

Cathy was starting college from ground zero—no previous college experience or credits to transfer—so was apprehensive about what it would take to earn her degree. Her concerns were quickly resolved when she discovered that there were Fast Track exams available for several courses in her desired degree program—all for no additional tuition or fees.

Not one to jump in head first, Cathy spent some time investigating her options for college. A resident of Pennsylvania, she contacted the Penn State World Campus to see if their degree programs might be a good fit for her. It wasn’t. “Nothing could offer me what CTU offered.”

CTU’s Fast Track program allows Cathy to take an exam for college credit in selected courses. Especially attractive was the fact that Fast Track is a no-risk option. There is no fee to take a Fast Track exam and there is no penalty for not passing, aside from not earning the college credit. Those were two important elements of the program that attracted Cathy the most.

So far Cathy has completed five courses using FastTrack, which means her original expected graduation date of June 2018 is now January 2018. And she’s not stopping there. Cathy is eligible to take up to 10 Fast Track exams and plans to pursue them, which could mean a graduation celebration a year ahead of schedule.

“I work full-time and take care of my family,” explains Cathy, “so cutting the amount of time and money I spend on college is significant.”

When asked what she plans to do with the time and money saved by passing multiple Fast Track exams , Cathy says she’ll invest that savings into an extra vacation, home improvement or her son’s college education.

More important, earning her degree faster than expected will allow Cathy to more quickly advance her career. “I want to take the next step in my career, but those opportunities require a college degree,” says Cathy who currently works as a trainer in the healthcare industry.

For Cathy, CTU Fast Track “meets exactly what I need, right when I need it.”

The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ courses successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money.