BYU-Pathway Worldwide Expands Access to Higher Education

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Students enrolled in BYU-Pathway Worldwide’s PathwayConnect program gather once a week with their fellow students either in person or online.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expanding its access to higher education through BYU-Pathway Worldwide. Nearly 45,000 students are now enrolled in the online learning programs.

“BYU-Pathway Worldwide was created to provide access to an affordable, spiritually based online education to people who couldn’t find access to education otherwise,” said Clark G. Gilbert, president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide. “It operates in nearly 150 countries and more than 500 locations and is really made to work wherever the Church is organized.”

“It has prepared me for leadership roles,” said Barbara Nyagorety, a student in Accra, Ghana, who is pursuing a degree in business management. “Sometimes I feel like I can take charge of things now better than I could before I started this program.”

“BYU-Pathway Worldwide is divided really into two core programs,” said President Gilbert. “The first is what’s called PathwayConnect, which helps students prepare [for] or return to college, and then the second part of the program is the certificate and degree programs that we do in partnership with BYU-Idaho and the other Church schools.”

In addition, returning missionaries receive preapproval for admission to the PathwayConnect program, which is a one-year online program.

At the end of February, it was announced that Ensign College, the new name of LDS Business College, will begin working to offer some of its programs online through BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

“We believe the focus of Ensign College on job skills and career-orientated curriculum will be a powerful complement to the programs already available to BYU-Pathway students through BYU-Idaho,” said President Gilbert.

BYU-Pathway Worldwide is now more than a decade old. It started in Rexburg, Idaho, but the headquarters office is now located in Salt Lake City.

Church educators started BYU-Pathway to give more Latter-day Saints access to higher education.