ECU program helps more adults complete degree

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ADA, OK -- Debbie Jewett says she's proud to be a college graduate.

"It's the single most amazing accomplishment I think that I have accomplished in my life," Jewett said.

She says she owes it all to ECU'S Reach Higher Oklahoma Degree Completion Program.

Program Director, Dr. Shirley Mixon, says this program benefits those working adults or those with families obtain a bachelor's degree.

"There are over 70,000 people in the state of Oklahoma who started school and finished about 70 hours or so, and did not complete their degree so we established a program to get more people to graduate," Mixon said.

Mixon says the program requires students be at least 21 years old with a 2.0 GPA and have at least 72 hours of course work completed.

She says financial aid is available and the courses are offered online, which allows many adults to work or watch their kids at the same time.

And Jewett says it helps a lot.

"A lot of time your children have to be there with you and you can't always find a babysitter, and with this program you can still cook your can still watch your children, and after you get everything done you can do your homework," said Jewett.

Mixon says graduates from the program receive a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, and her and Jewett both say having that degree pays off in the end.

"Some are going into the area of education, some are going into business, but the ones who are already employed have moved up in their careers," Mixon said.

"It took me 30 years, and it's still emotional to me because I had to work hard," Jewett said. "It wasn't something that was given. I worked for it, and I'm very grateful."

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