By Anne Shaw Heinrich for The Healthy Planet
Linda Wofford heard her friends at work talking about Fontbonne OPTIONS, but she wanted to see for herself if the program was as good as it sounded.
"I'm a comparison shopper," she admits, recalling all of the programs she looked into before settling upon the OPTIONS Gateway program.
For Wofford, a Ferguson resident who has been a computer operator with Monsanto for 25 years, it all boiled down to just making the decision to go back to school.
"You have to make up in your mind and your heart that you want to do it," she says.
Timing is everything. Wofford, the mother of two, wants to be an example to two daughters. One is in high school and the other still in middle school, but as a mother, she wants them to understand that furthering their educations before life gets in the way is the way to go.
"I just want the girls to get started on their college degrees right away. It makes life a lot easier," she says. "It's been 30 years since I've been in student mode, but I'm really learning a lot, way more than I thought I would."
With lots of help and daughters who are pretty self-sufficient, Wofford makes going back to school sound easy, but she's sure to point out the discipline and effort it takes, even with OPTIONS' convenient and easy format.
Designed for students who want to get started toward a bachelor's degree, but have little or no college credit, Gateway is perfect. The accelerated format of Gateway can be completed in about 19 months, taking two courses at a time that meet on the same two nights each week. The program provides a liberal arts foundation for a degree and serves as a stepping stone into any of the OPTIONS bachelor degree programs.
Wofford, already finished with her third course, plans to step into the BBA program once she's completed Gateway. Already feeling more confident from her classroom experience, Wofford sees that a degree opens up new possibilities. She's even considering changing directions and pursuing work in human resources. Active in her church, she was recently ordained and sees a degree in divinity in her future.
OPTIONS undergraduate and graduate degree programs are accelerated and begin throughout the year at several convenient locations: Clayton, South County, North County, Chesterfield and downtown St. Louis.
Fontbonne University has been a provider of high-quality educational programs for more than 80 years. For more information about your OPTIONS, call 314-863-2220 or visit the website at www.fontbonne.edu/options.
with permission, copyright 2006, The Healthy Planet