ADVANCE - Spring 2014
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New Degree! Bachelor of Science in Social Work

The field of social work is quickly growing and the job market is expected to increase 25% by the year 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, social workers earn an average of $55,000 a year.

The social work field is very extensive with many diverse jobs available. Being employed in prisons, schools, hospitals, working with the Department of Mental Health, Division of Aging, and case management are only a small portion of the many opportunities this degree can support.

“The social work major to be offered in the HLGU ADVANCE Program will allow adults to start or further their careers in the field of social work by attending class one night a week, completing one class at a time,” said Marc Hurt. “Men and women looking for the opportunity to help and be of service to a population needing help with life issues will benefit from a bachelor’s degree in social work.”

Students in the HLGU ADVANCE Program stay with the same group of adult learners (cohort) throughout the remainder of the degree program. With an associate’s degree or its equivalent, from an accredited institution, students may be able to complete a bachelor’s degree in as little as 19 months.

Hannibal-LaGrange University’s ADVANCE Program has been viewed as an innovative and exceptionally effective approach to education by professional educators and employers. Tested principles of adult learning theory are incorporated to make all classes stimulating, relevant, challenging, and rewarding.

Meet the Instructor

Kayla McBride, '05
HLGU ADVANCE Program Social Work Instructor

Kayla McBride graduated from HLGU in 2005 and completed a Master’s degree in counseling from Missouri Baptist University in 2007.

Kayla worked for the Advance Program at HLGU for seven years and currently serves as the online student facilitator for the HLGU online department. She is happy to be teaching the Abnormal and Developmental Psychology classes for the new social work major.

Kayla has been married for six years and has a three-year-old son. She says “seeing students accomplish a lifelong dream is what makes my job so enjoyable.”

"Going through HLGU ADVANCE Program’s Criminal Justice degree completion program was the single most important decision I have made regarding my educational endeavors. It gave me the opportunity to obtain my degree in a manner that was conducive to my home life and work schedule in addition to providing me with a solid foundation from which I could obtain my Master's degree. The course material, professionalism of the instructors and academic requirements of the program thoroughly prepared me for the high level of performance required to complete my Master's degree"

Dan Martinez '09
Poplar Bluff, MO

Meet Our Director

Marc Hurt

HLGU Director of Innovative Programs

Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Marc Hurt started his college career in 1968 with a full basketball scholarship at Louisiana College in Pineville, LA, and finished his bachelor of art degree in Business Administration at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. Hurt earned his MBA from William Woods University in 1998. Marc has been employed at HLGU since 2000.

In 1973, Marc married his wife, Irene, and they have two grown children, and two grandchildren. His hobbies include reading, target shooting, and riding his motorcycle.

He says “The major thought that God keeps speaking to me is, I am not important, but it is important for me to help someone else complete an educational goal, find a better job, have a career they really want, support their family more efficiently, and be a better example to their own children by finishing a degree. It’s easy to make a dollar, it’s a lot harder the make a difference.”

Meet a Few of the Instructors

Bruce Capp

HLGU ADVANCE Program Criminal Justice Instructor

Bruce Capp received his B.S. in Law Enforcement and Corrections from Truman State University in 1978, and his M.A. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University in 1995.

In addition to being a Hannibal police officer, Capp was also a part of the HPD Criminal Investigation Unit, and acted as a liaison to the Marion County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. He retired from the MO Dept. of Corrections in 2012 after 26 years of service as a probation officer. His area of expertise involved conducting sentencing investigations on criminals for circuit judges in an eight-county area of northeast Missouri

Bruce joined the HLGU faculty as an Adjunct Professor in criminal justice in 1996, teaching two classes per semester, and teaching in the Advance Program since its inception. He joined HLGU as an assistant professor in 2012.

Mr. Capp believes that HLGU's motto, "Knowledge for Service" applies to a higher degree for those who choose to join the Criminal Justice system as their mission field. Remembering that principle when dealing with the disadvantaged, the sick, and those who are poorly educated on our streets is the Christian law enforcement officer's avenue to “personal and career effectiveness.”

Bruce is married to the love of his life, Tonia, a physical education instructor in the Hannibal Public School District. They have one son, Benjamin, and attend the Monroe City Christian Church. Bruce enjoys sports, reading and traveling.

Michelle Pezley
HLGU ADVANCE Program Organizational Management Instructor

Michelle is a graduate of the HLGU ADVANCE Program with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management. She obtained her Master of Business Administration degree from Upper Iowa University, in Fayette, IA. She is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and a Certified Purchasing Purchasing Manager (CPM).

Michelle has worked for Cryotech Deicing Technology for 17 years and currently serves as the Purchasing and ISO Manager at the Fort Madison, IA location.

Michelle and her husband, David, live in Montrose, IA. They have 2 sons, Trevor and Brandon.

Debbie Soloman
HLGU ADVANCE Program Organizatinal Management Instructor

Debbie Soloman obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Personnel/Human Resource Management from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO and her Master of Business Administration degree from William Woods University in Fulton, MO. She also holds a Professional Human Resource certification.

Debbie has 15 years of Human Resource experience, primarily in manufacturing, and currently works as the Human Resource Manager for the Dexter, MO and the Arlington, TX Faurecia plants.

Debbie has been married to her husband, Chris, for 20 years, and they have two sons, Nick and Drew. She and her family are members of the Black River General Baptist Church in Broseley, MO.

About HLGU's ADVANCE Program

The ADVANCE Program is a degree completion program serving working adults with five years full time work experience with approximately 60 credit hours from Hannibal-LaGrange University or another accredited institution with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better, and who now would like to complete their Bachelor's Degree. ADVANCE Program students typically are employed full-time during the day, thus the program is offered in the evening. One night per week over an eighteen month period provides the student with the opportunity to earn 48-49 credit hours in class and receive up to as many as 30 additional credit hours in Credit for Prior Learning. Classes are taught in a manner that is conducive to learning for adults. An atmosphere of shared family, career, and age interests develops among the adult students.

HLGU's ADVANCE Program Degrees

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the HLGU ADVANCE Program are considered full-time students and may qualify for a discounted tuition and financial aid. Eligibility to receive financial assistance is based on information provided by the applicant on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).

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HLGU Innovative Programs' Mission

The mission of Hannibal-LaGrange University's Innovative Programs is to provide an excellent education in both liberal arts and professional disciplines in a distinctively Christian environment, thus preparing students for both personal and career effectiveness. The completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree or Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development, Criminal Justice, or Organizational Management plus the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Technology with Hannibal-LaGrange will assist adults in realizing personal and career growth.

HLGU's Innovative Programs Office
3128 Muir Street, in the Hut and Mary Lou Green Center
Hannibal, Missouri 63401

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Personal appointments are available.

Marc Hurt
HLGU ADVANCE Program Director

Darcia Miller
HLGU ADVANCE Program Associate Director

Darla Power
HLGU ADVANCE Program Office Coordinator

Donna Pirc
HLGU ADVANCE Program Coordinator
Poplar Bluff, MO
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Michelle Terrell
HLGU ADVANCE Program Coordinator
Sikeston, MO


Monica Winkler
HLGU ADVANCE Program Coordinator
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Dr. Anthony Allen to Speak at HLGU Commencement Ceremony

Hannibal-LaGrange University will hold its May commencement ceremony at 10 am on Saturday, May 3, in the Mabee Sports Complex. Approximately 300 graduate candidates are scheduled to receive degrees.

This year's commencement speaker will be HLGU president, Dr. Anthony Allen. A North Carolina native, Allen was raised in a Christian home. He played football for four years at Duke University where he was a defensive tackle and graduated with a degree in history and religion. He earned both the Master of Divinity with language degree and the Master of Theology ethics degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., where he also worked 1993-2007, beginning as director of admissions and advancing to vice-president for institutional development.
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Friday, May 9th @ 7:30 am
World-renowned Leaders to Speak via Webcast at HLGU

Hannibal-LaGrange University is pleased to announce that community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast® on HLGU's campus on Friday, May 9, 2014. Registration will begin at 7:30 am at the Roland Fine Arts Center with the webcast beginning at 8:00 am.

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