Unlimited Learning Center’s first master’s degree student progresses toward graduation

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There’s more to the Unlimited Learning Center than meets the eye.

The center, located at 640 E. 2nd St. in Cortez, offers more than just GED preparation and testing.

College and other adult courses, and reading, math and English literacy skills are also offered.

Readers may be surprised that the Unlimited Learning Center offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through online and video conferencing courses. Most of the center’s courses come from Utah State University’s College of Eastern Utah, but courses can also be taken through other schools. Some 70 courses will be offered this fall.

The center also will have its first master’s degree graduate soon.

Sheldonna Zwicker of McElmo Canyon is on schedule to complete a master’s degree in agricultural economics. All she has left is a thesis, said Ann Miller, the Center’s adult education director.

The Center has been utilizing video conferencing since 2007, thanks to a Rural Utilities Services equipment grant from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

“We can receive and broadcast classes,” Miller said.

Elective courses are broadcast to Chupik high school students in Alaska. A number of other school districts in Alaska are also interested, Miller said.

The Center recently received 25 laptop computers from a state library Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant. These will be used for computer literacy classes.

“Daycare’s there too,” Chandler said. “It’s really helpful for a lot of moms.”