Ashley Beggs of Brookport, has earned a Bachelor of Science, nursing degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, not-for-profit university has graduated over 167,000 students from across the country since its inception in 1997.

WGU has recognized 5617 undergraduate and 4302 graduate degree recipients, who have completed their degrees since October 2, 2019. Their areas of study include business, K-12 education, information technology and health professions, including nursing. The average time to graduation for those earning a bachelor's degree was two years, two months, while the average time to degree for graduate programs was one year, six months.

WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, students study and learn on their own schedules with individualized, one-to-one faculty support. They complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the subject matter; allowing them to move quickly through material they already know so they can allocate time for what they still need to learn. As a result, many WGU students are able to accelerate their studies, saving both time and money.

WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.

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