Adult Fast Track
Accelerated Programs for Motivated Adults
The College of DuPage Adult Fast Track program (AFT) is an accelerated program for adults 21 years and older who are seriously committed to continuing their education, but require accommodation for their busy lifestyles. While the Adult Fast Track program is intensive and rigorous, it is manageable for individuals who are highly motivated and self-disciplined. Students may take individual selected courses or complete an entire degree in this alternative format.
Degrees and Certificates Available
Students may earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree, an Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree in Management, and a Certificate in Management, Supervision, Entrepreneurship or Organizational Leadership. More degrees and certificates will be available in the future. Students may also enroll in a variety of core general education and/or elective courses that can then be used to satisfy the requirements of other degrees or certificate programs.
AFT courses start and end on uniform dates during both the first and second eight-week segments of the fall and spring semester. (One eight-week segment is offered during the summer semester, as well.) Classes typically meet in the evenings or on Saturday mornings. AFT courses are offered at five convenient locations: the main campus in Glen Ellyn, the Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont Centers.
- Students must be 21 years of age or older.
- Students enrolled in traditional COD programs may enroll in AFT courses if they meet the age requirement.
- Students of other colleges or universities attending COD are also invited to enroll in AFT courses if they are at least 21 years of age.
Adult Fast Track students are subject to placement testing and prerequisite requirements. We encourage all AFT students to begin working toward the completion of their degree-level math requirement(s) early in their studies, and to complete a degree-level math course(s) by the time they have earned 30 college credit hours.
If you are a current or returning COD student, or have already applied and been accepted to COD, you can self-register (online) using myACCESS. You must be at least 21 years of age. (Note that you cannot register prior to your assigned registration date.)
To register, go to https://myaccess.cod.edu. log in, click on myACCESS for students, and follow the instructions provided under Registration. starting with Search/Register for Sections. This will take you to the Search/Select Classes page.
To view all AFT classes offered during a particular term:
- Go to the Term drop-down menu and select the term in which you’re interested
- Go to the Course Types drop-down menu and choose Adult Fast Track
- Go to the Academic Level drop-down menu and click on Undergraduate
If you are an adult student interested in AFT but have not yet applied for admission to COD, you can do so quickly and easily at http://www.cod.edu/admission/degree_certificate_programs/getting_started.aspx. Just follow the step-by-step directions. (If you have admission-related questions, please call Admissions at (630) 942-2626. Once notified of your acceptance, you may self-register using myACCESS.
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3B11
Glen Ellyn Campus
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
Angel Kearns Adult Fast Track
“None of this would be possible without the dedication College of DuPage has for its students. I feel smarter. I feel like a better person. I’m going to contribute something. This experience has taught me that I’m stronger than I thought. Coming in, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this. It has made me a better, stronger woman and a role model for my children.”
Rita Kuzmenko Adult Fast Track
“The Fast Track program is created to better fit into the schedule of working adults. However, the courses are not easier and, in fact, students are often doing the work of an entire semester in one eight-week course. Prioritization is crucial,” Rita Kuzmenko said. “But when a person finishes the program, they have truly earned their degree. The Fast Track Program prepared me well for the degrees I earned afterward.”
Susan Neustrom Adult Fast Track
“The lesson I learned from my experience at COD is that the value of education is not only what you learn in the textbooks. Book knowledge is great, but the real value of education is that it opens your mind to possibilities, allows you to reflect on your inner self, and helps you to discover your true potential and purpose in life.”