The University of Phoenix isn’t your typical college and likewise, a large majority of the students aren’t typical either.
Brendan Dalley, community education liaison for the university’s St. George campus, spoke at the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce on Thursday about the university and its offerings.
Following the meeting, Jackie Jensen, one of the attendees said the information was "enlightening" and said she didn’t know anything about the university before the meeting.
"For someone who wants to continue their education, this is a great deal," Jensen said.
The school started 30 years ago and is committed to providing higher education for working students, said Dalley.
Dalley said the focus is on working students who want to continue their education but can’t because life got in the way of the person’s goals.
Because of the flexibility of the school and its offerings, including its Internet offerings, Dalley said the school can help someone achieve their goals of getting a degree.
The university’s focus is to supply people with an opportunity to continue their education with options they may not realize they have.
For working students, time is a big factor, and the University of Phoenix campus-based program allows a student to take a class one night a week.
Dalley said something that sets the University of Phoenix apart is that the teaching team not only teaches the theory but the application as well.
Online programs, where 100 percent of the course work is online, helps those in jobs with varying shifts, such as health care workers and police, get a college degree.
The school offers everything from associate’s degrees to doctorates and focuses on completion by providing support.
Colleges and universities are seeing increased enrollment and Dalley said in part, because many people are finding that with the loss of jobs – especially in the construction industry – may need to continue their education and go back to school to obtain a degree.
Looking at the value of an education, Dalley said a diploma is something that will never depreciate in value. The university may not be for everyone and Dalley said some potential students are referred to other schools, such as Dixie State College, Southern Utah University or Mohave Community College if another school is a better fit.
"The best program is the one you finish," Dalley said. "This is not a competition. It’s about making a difference."
Knowing that working people may have limited time to look at school options, Dalley said part of his job is going out and meeting with people.
"Part of my job is accommodating people who are busy to look at the options," he said. (The Spectrum & Daily News)