JEVS Human Services has teamed up with a nonprofit university to offer a unique post-secondary education to help residents in the Delaware Valley to earn a degree. Drawing upon insights from workforce and industry leaders, the accredited degree programs are designed to support individuals in developing the competencies needed to advance their careers.
In our Frequently Asked Questions Series, we explain how this new partnership provides degree seekers with a much different opportunity than other college programs. Read on for question two (program flexibility, self-paced curriculum) or find the other FAQs here:
QUESTION 2: JEVS EduConnect program is flexible and allows students to advance through the curriculum at their own pace. How does that work and is it possible for someone to complete a degree in less than the typical two or four-year timeframe?
A. The program is very flexible. All the materials are online and you work on your assigned competencies when you can. Remember seat time or hours sitting in classroom with others students doing the same thing at the same time is gone. A night owl may work on competencies from 10 AM to midnight. A mother may choose to work on her competencies starting at 8 PM when the kids are in bed. Another student might work early morning or at lunch time at work.
We work on a trimester basis with competencies assigned at the start of the trimester. As noted above, you can move at your own pace through your competencies. Recently, a JEVS employee finished her Associates degree in six months. We have some other students that may take 12 to 16 months to complete the same degree. Mastery and quality of work is critical; we know time is variable for everyone. Everyone has different lives and obligations that pull at their time. We have working parents in the program and they set a pace of submitting tasks at a rate that works for them. There are some students working two jobs and others perhaps that are caring for a family member and working. EduConnect is perfect for that non-traditional college student- the person that is committed to their degree but simply cannot sit on a traditional college campus on perhaps a Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon to complete their courses.
Each degree is comprised of 60 competencies that are these work-aligned performance tasks. For example, the Associates degree in healthcare management is 60 competencies; the Bachelor degree is an additional 60 competencies. Again, you can set the pace and JEVS coaches will support you along the way. We do tell students that you want to spend 10 to 15 hours per week to maintain a good solid pace. The work is hard; it is college level material!