CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia's Edge program is a one-year undergraduate experience for working adults. It strives to help students build valuable skills while earning credits that can go toward a college degree.

Not only will students be able to gain credits that count toward a college degree, but it could open doors within their current jobs.

For example, it can help keep people on track for promotions and leadership opportunities. 

“This is a great way to develop skills in a rapidly changing world and taking a next step towards your education," said Alex Hernandez, the Dean of The School of Continuing and Professional Studies.  

UVA Edge says on its website that it is committed to making this program affordable and inclusive for adults who haven't been in school for a couple of years or even decades.

The program offers courses like data analytics, persuasive writing and other useful skills for the modern workplace. 

Each semester, one of the classes will be scheduled to accommodate working adults' busy lifestyles. 

For the second class, students will utilize a mix of live and recorded instruction at times that best suit them. 

Current UVA Edge student Marcus Klaton works at UVA and is a long-distance runner in his free time. 

He said the challenge of going back to school is well worth it. It's like running in a race and he's not too far from the finish line.

"It's sort of the same mind-frame, it's not so much about the destination, it's about the journey. One step in front of the other, and quitting is not an option,” Klaton said. 

All UVA Edge classes are online. To apply, people need to have a high school diploma.

The application deadline for summer classes is coming up on May 1.

Spaces are limited and interest is high, people are encouraged to apply early if it's something that might interest them.

Information on applying can be found here.