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Making the Grade with an Online College Degree

Aug 25, 2007
The online college degree is now a legitimate mainstay of education. Even though the hectic world that adults have created for themselves can be somewhat overwhelming, there are good things that develop out of it. Thanks to the Internet, adults looking to further themselves both personally and vocationally can do so with an online education.

An online education is simply easier and more convenient than attending an onsite college. The cost in not only tuition but also travel time and concentration is the reason many working adults only toy with the idea of returning to school. With a full schedule that already balances a career and home life, many are turned off by the idea of adding more to their plate.

At the same time, in order to advance to certain positions or earning levels, an educational degree is often required. This can leave the working adult in a quandary. Once the option of earning an online college degree comes to light, the dilemma soon fades away.

Online learning is one that requires no travel time, offers lower tuitions and allows students to learn when and where they are ready. The practical knowledge that is gained can be applied every day on the job. Learning new skills is what finally brings many out of the job rut they are in.

With online learning, classes are often set by a syllabus that a student follows and finishes by a certain date. Should a situation arise where one has to miss a class, there will be no need to panic about missed information or make up tests. One simply resumes where they left off.

While online learning does not provide much chance for interaction, many adults are in a place in life where this is not necessary. Many simply want to focus on getting the practical skills they need. In fact, a majority of individuals choose online learning for the express opportunity to not be in a classroom environment.

Even with a lack of classroom interaction, a number of programs involve the use of email, instant messaging and forum boards. Questions, assignments and topics can be discussed privately or with other students. Should questions arise, many instructors can get back to their students within 24 hours.

There are a number of programs offering a variety of skills. From IT to criminal justice, students can earn an associate's, bachelor or even a master's degree on their own time. Whether learning at home or at the office, finding the right curriculum is only an Internet connection away.

By opting for an online college degree from an accredited program, students can be sure they are learning from a curriculum that has been approved by a certified education committee. Once the required coursework is finished in a timely and satisfactory manner, students can look forward to becoming graduates. This often provides a great sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.

An accredited program is one that also offers financial aid. This is an issue of great importance to many working adults who may find the idea of affording an education somewhat intimidating. Skilled financial aid counselors can help find any and all loans, scholarships and grants to help lessen the burden of returning to school.

A large majority of employers not only recognize an online college degree as legitimate, many companies that offer tuition assistance to employees promote the use of online learning. It also shows employers that an individual has the self-discipline and a will to succeed, two very desirable traits in prospective employees. Many graduates find the increase in earning power greatly justifies their return to school and pays for itself in a number of positive ways.
About the Author
Andy West is a writer for Virginia College. Virginia College Online offers many Online College Degree programs. Visit Virginia College Online at http://www.vconline.edu to select the online program that is right for you.
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