You’ve seen the commercials, no doubt. A single mother struggling to make ends meet decides to go back to school to maximize her earning potential. But how will She fit classes into her already jam-packed schedule?
She can attend school online. With more and more schools offering a wide assortment of ‘distance learning’ or online exclusively classes, individuals who would ordinarily be unable to attend classes can get their degree in just about anything.
Here, I have a small sampling of schools offering such programs.
- The University of Phoenix
- Kaplan University
- Penn Foster College
- The Devry Institute
- Capella University
Established in 1976, The University of Phoenix Online offers class schedules that are flexible and perfect for adults re-entering the classroom after long absence.
Students can opt to take one course at a time and combine both online and campus programs at one of many locations.
They offer programs in Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Nursing, Healthcare, Psychology, and Information Technology. You can even chat with a live agent on their website for more information.
Like Phoenix, Kaplan offers a flexible schedule for working parents or people who are just plain busy. They also allow students to costumize their degree plan to fit their desire profession.
They offer over 100 different degree plans and have certificate programs for business, healthcare, and information technology. And that’s not all; Kaplan also boasts their own Law School, The Concord School of Law.
Penn Foster College offers fast tracked associates and bachelor’s degrees in many fields, including health services, paralegal studies, engineering, early childhood education, and veterinary studies. Students can study online and in print.
Devry’s big claim to fame is the employment rate of graduates; over 90% are placed in jobs after completing their studies.
Devry offers many online degree plans, which they separate into subschools. These include Health sciences, engineering, and Information sciences, business and management, media arts and technology, and liberal arts and sciences.
Capella University is like the others listed above, in that they offer fast tracked degree programs with flexible scheduling.
What makes them unique is that over 70% of their students are awarded financial assistance, which is a plus if you can’t afford many out of pocket expenses.
Another added bonus is Capella provides career counseling and one on one academic advisement.
So, whether you want to be a first grade teacher, a nurse, or a paralegal, chances are the college of your dreams is waiting for you in cyberspace
With the variety of schools and programs available, it’s likely that there’s something for everyone.