Complete Florida Offers Degree Opportunities for Adult Learners

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a partner with Complete Florida, an online program specifically for adults who have earned some college credit but stopped out before earning a degree. In Florida, approximately 2.2 million adults have earned some college credit.

By 2018, approximately 59 percent of the jobs in Florida will require postsecondary credentials beyond a high school diploma. With this in mind, the State University System of Florida, the Florida College System and the Florida Legislature have made it a priority to increase the percentage of Floridians with a postsecondary credential. Complete Florida addresses this critical gap in our postsecondary landscape, with priority given to veterans and active duty military.

Led by the University of West Florida’s Innovation Institute and funded by the Florida Legislature, Complete Florida offers more than 50 fully online, flexible and accelerated degree programs and certificates, ranging from information technology to health care to business. Currently, 11 state and private institutions in Florida are partnering in Complete Florida.

According to Dr. Pam Northrup, executive director of the UWF’s Innovation Institute, “Complete Florida’s goal is to get adults back to school and help them meet their educational and professional goals through personalized coaching, concierge-based wraparound support systems and accelerated program completion. Ultimately, we want to connect graduates with job opportunities in Florida.”

The coaching and extensive support systems are hallmarks of the Complete Florida program. Personal coaches act as student advocates working to integrate students’ existing college credit and prior learning experiences into their program of study.  Complete Florida’s personal learning coaches help students fit courses into busy schedules;align skills and interests to programs and jobs, putting them on a personalized path to a college degree.

Palm Beach Atlantic University is participating in Complete Florida with its online undergraduate degree programs in Organizational Management with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Care, Psychology and Ministry.

“Education is transformative. It opens doors for adults to careers and to greater participation in their communities and family life,” Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr., said. “PBA is working with Complete Florida to broaden access to education for Florida residents to enrich their lives.”

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available for qualified students. For additional information on Complete Florida, visit