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Lincoln College brings ABE to Springfield

July 3rd, 2014

Springfield, Ill. — This past March, Lincoln College began offering the College’s Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) program at Lincoln Land Community College’s Capital City Training Center in Springfield and the program is growing.

Lincoln College signed a partnership agreement with Lincoln Land Community College in July of last year to allow for a smooth transition for Lincoln Land graduates to enter the Accelerated Bridge to Education program. The agreement is especially attractive to graduates of Lincoln Land Community College’s ASAP offerings which provides an accelerated format for working adults to earn their associate degree.

“We are very excited to partner with Lincoln Land in providing Lincoln College’s unique model of accelerated bachelor degree programs designed for working adults,” Lincoln College President John Blackburn said. Lincoln College’s ABE Program has allowed the College to earn its designation as an Adult-Learning Focused Institution.

Lincoln College’s ABE program is convenient and flexible for the full-time, working adult-learner which has made it very successful at the College’s Normal campus and in Oglesby, Illinois at Illinois Valley Community College. Unlike many other accelerated degree completion programs across the country, ABE students may take a session off when ‘life gets in the way’ and return to their coursework without having to wait for the next ‘group’ or cohort of classes to start. The College is now offering the same flexibility, convenience, and quality to adult-students in Springfield.

The fully-accredited ABE program offers bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice Studies, Business Management, and Health Services Administration making the offerings attractive to students already working in those fields.

ABE also offers two applied baccalaureate degrees – in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Leadership – which are designed to allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree without losing any college credits earned in the pursuit of their Associate of Applied Science Degree. “These A.A.S Capstone degree programs recognize the academic credits these students have earned in an applied science field and assists them in pursuing the benefits that a Bachelor’s degree offers in today’s workplace,” said Jeff Kratz, Dean of Academic Affairs.

ABE students typically take one course at a time, meeting one evening per week for a five-week period. By using this format, the ABE program allows adult, working students to complete as many as 27 credit hours per calendar year toward their bachelor’s degree requirements. Potential students have 9 possible start dates throughout the academic year.

Information Sessions on the ABE program in Springfield are held every month at the Capital City Training Center. Upcoming dates include July 15, 2014 and August 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm with later dates available at
For interested students who cannot attend an Information Session, additional information on the ABE program in Springfield is available by contacting the ABE Admissions office at (309) 268-4338 or e-mailing the program at