If you know exactly what you want to do and want to get there as quickly as possible, check out the Finish Faster options available at Tennessee’s Community Colleges. These programs give you the best of all worlds: an excellent education and the opportunity to start your career sooner.
Depending on which community college you attend, you'll find Finish Faster programs in:
- Criminal justice
- Business Management
- Information Security
- General studies
- Health Science
- Culinary arts
- Fire Science
- Autobody Technology
- Clean energy
- And more
Finish Faster programs can save time and money, as fewer semesters means less in tuition and fees. Finish Faster programs also take the guesswork out of scheduling classes each semester, as each program has a clearly defined path to graduation. You’ll know from the start what courses to take, how much the program will cost, and the degree or certificate you’ll earn.
Types of Finish Faster Programs
Different programs may incorporate one or more of the following elements.
Accelerated and Fast Track Classes — Programs in this category allow you to finish a degree or certificate program in as little at a year or 18 months, depending on the major. Coursework is often condensed, while remaining comprehensive in scope.
Cohort Programs — In these programs, you move through your studies as a member of a learning group. Your classmates often become a valuable support network, forming study groups and working together toward a common goal. Cohort programs also simplify scheduling and class selection with guaranteed course availability each semester.
- Block Scheduling — Some Finish Faster programs offer classes in consistent blocks of time -- such as every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- so you know exactly when your classes will be. These types of programs are especially beneficial for students who need a stable schedule to attend to work or family responsibilities.
Each college has its own Finish Faster program, which may go by a locally branded name (Degree Express, Fast Track, ADVANCE, etc.). However, all the programs have a single objective -- to help you reach your education goals as quickly and affordably as possible. Select a college below to explore the Finish Faster programs offered.