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Continuing-studies student preparing to work in immigration law

Whitworth University's U-District location serves students in Whitworth's Adult Education Program, offered through the School of Continuing Studies. The U-District site near downtown Spokane is ideal for working adults like Jennifer Wickering, who is a legal assistant for a law office, and who is earning a bachelor of liberal studies in public service administration through Whitworth. Along with enjoying the easy commute from her job to her evening classes, Wickering says she especially appreciates how Whitworth is preparing her for her next steps: After graduating in fall 2016, she plans to earn a degree in immigration law.

"Whitworth has given me the opportunity to take classes such as economics and conflict management to be able to succeed in my future," she says. "The university offers so many classes that I will actually use as I continue in my career."

As a volunteer with World Relief Spokane, which provides basic services and support for refugees, Wickering became inspired to earn her undergraduate degree at Whitworth so she can help others achieve better lives for themselves. "I learned how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to go to school," she says, "and how people in the United States take that for granted."

Wickering earned an A.A.S. degree in the paralegal program at Spokane Community College, which made her eligible to transfer into Whitworth's unique "upside-down" program. Students such as Wickering, who have completed an approved A.A.S. degree from a Washington state community college, can transfer into Whitworth with junior standing and complete the general-education and upper-division requirements necessary to earn a bachelor's degree. Attending part time, students can complete their undergraduate degree in social services, humanities, public service administration or criminal justice administration in as little as two years.

At Whitworth's U-District location, working adults can also conveniently earn undergraduate degrees in management & accounting and organizational management, as well as a master of business administration.

Through Whitworth's nationally-recognized education and professional programs, students are prepared to excel in their chosen fields, and to meet Spokane's – and the world's – needs with intellectual vigor, moral courage and deep compassion.