The International College of the Cayman Islands is offering former graduate students the chance to renew their previous course work to encourage them to finish their masters degrees.
There are a number of students who have completed a significant amount of their master’s degree in business administration or master’s of science programme at the International College, but for some reason, whether it was Hurricane Ivan, job pressures or family matters, they got sidetracked and never completed their programmes, said Anthony Husemann, director of Graduate Studies.
The current school policy is that students must complete their graduate degree within six years or they will need to start the programme over. The International College decided to make an exception to that policy and allow former students to renew their graduate courses regardless of what year they were taken.
“With the economy in an ongoing slump around the world, finishing up a master’s degree could make a huge difference in people’s lives, by keeping them competitive in the job market and well as put them in line for promotions or new opportunities as they come up,” Mr. Husemann said. “So many things have happened in this country in the last six years, I just felt the time was right to make an exception to our six-year policy for 2011.”
For the next three terms, namely winter, spring and summer in 2011, former students who re-enrol in graduate programmes at the International College will have all their previous courses credited toward their master’s degrees.
“Even if they took a graduate course 25 years ago, we will count it toward their master’s degree,” he said.
One graduate student, Kerry Salazar, said after a few years’ lapse in graduate school, she re-entered the master’s programme for management education. Like many students pursuing master’s degrees, Ms Salazar never decided to quit the programme. There were just a number of things that came up in recent years including the chaos after Hurricane Ivan and family issues that demanded more attention.
“Juggling work responsibilities and graduate school has not been easy,” Ms Salazar said.
“But I only have four more courses to take and getting my masters degree is worth it.”
Former students who are interested in re-enrolling in their master’s degree programmes at the International College can register for courses online at www.myicci.com or stop in to see Mr. Husemann at the Newlands campus.
Classes for the winter term begin on 10 January, with registration through 7 January.
“If you are a former graduate student and you have been thinking about whether this is the right time to get back into the programme and finish your master’s degree, then this three-term reprieve may be the extra incentive you need,” Mr. Husemann.