CLIMB (Non-Traditional)

What is CLIMB?

CLIMB is for all accelerated nontraditional degree options serving adults ages 23 and older who have already completed a minimum of 45 semester hours of college with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better who aspire to complete their bachelor's degree in an accelerated model. Adult learners are typically employed full-time; courses are offered in the campus or blended format. The model is one night per week over an 18-month period to provide the adult learner with the opportunity to earn the requisite semester hours of credit. The accelerated degree option fees include all textbooks. The students generally receive additional semester hours of credit for prior learning through the required portfolio process.


CLIMB seeks to cultivate an environment conducive to student learning, encompassing a foundation of academic excellence, and Christian principles.


Under the Division of Academic Affairs, CLIMB will become an exemplary center for Adult Education by offering 21st century programs that provide opportunities for students to compete globally and develop a sense of social awareness while upholding their civic responsibilities.


  • To ensure adult learners can communicate effectively in a variety of interpersonal and organizational settings.
  • To ensure adult learners can demonstrate understanding of ways that individuals and groups influence organizational behavior.
  • To ensure adult learners understand and can demonstrate management theories, principles, processes, and skills.
  • To make sure adult learners understand and have analyzed principle decision-making resources that leaders use in organizational management.
  • To make sure adult learners can communicate an understanding of ethics in a world-view context and are able to apply ethical decision-making in organizations.
  • To ensure adult learners possess lifelong learning attitudes and skills.


CLIMB recently updated all of the class modules and added a blended online component as a means of meeting the learning needs of 21st century adult learners.

CLIMB exists to accommodate the needs and learning style of adult learners. Since 2000, it has graduated more than 500 students.

Edward Waters College is poised to meet the educational needs and goals of our students. Through programmatic reviews and ongoing updates the College is transitioning to provide 21st century educational opportunities united with real world experience.