The CLIMB Program is a unique alternative to the traditional method of pursuing a college degree. It is designed specifically for adults who want to complete their college degree in classes coordinated with their schedules while continuing to work.

Adult learners have the opportunity to study with other adults who share similar interests and concerns. Together they form an academic support group, drawing from their own personal, professional, and technical backgrounds as they follow an intense program of classes and individual study.

The CLIMB Program serves the needs of adult learners, helping them assess personal values and increasing their effectiveness within their organizations. For further information, please read below, or visit the links in the navigation section of this page (to the left).

Classes are taught in seminar and workshop style with materials centered on organizational, behavioral, supervisory and interpersonal skills, and computer based management problems. Classroom assignments include outside readings and projects and writing of papers on selected topics. You will earn 33 semester hours in 52 weekly, four-hour class sessions. You will also design, implement, and evaluate a project related to your vocation. This project will assist you in learning problem-solving techniques, research design and methodology, report writing and/or computer design. The completed report is presented to your class. It is then submitted to the college, and perhaps to your employer.

To enter the CLIMB Program, the applicant should be a 23-year old adult with a minimum of 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) hours of credit from a regionally accredited college/university or an earned Associate Degree. Substantial work experience, responsibilities in supervisory and/or program development are essential. Note: Credit from non-regionally accredited colleges will not transfer.

Wilberforce University recognizes that learning occurs in many environments. As a part of the course work, a portfolio that centers on learning and competencies will be developed. The portfolio will contain information on your previous college work, military, professional and/or other verifiable college-level learning. It is possible to earn 45 semester hours through portfolio assessment. The Wilberforce University faculty and staff are responsible for the life learning assessment.

Wilberforce University admits students to all prorams and activities, and administers all educational, employment, and other policies, without discrimination because of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, or handicap.