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Distance Learning College

By Mark Woodcock

You might be at a crossroads in your life. You might realize that you need your Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree to land that exciting and high-paying job you have always wanted. You might realize that you need your Master's degree to rise higher in your current profession. You might realize that you are ready to return to work after taking a break to raise your family, and that getting a degree will help you achieve your professional goals. Simply the most convenient and flexible way to achieve any of these ambitions is by getting your degree online at a college that offers distance learning. Distance learning is not "correspondence". Rather, it utilizes today's Web technologies to allow anyone from anywhere to attend college via the Internet, and receive a college education.

There are many advantages of choosing to receive your education online from a college that offers distance-learning programs. Proximity is no longer a factor in determining where you attend college. There is no need to live near or commute to a college when all classes can be attended and all work submitted online. Studying for a college education online allows you to achieve your educational and professional goals at your own pace, whether you want to get a 2-year Associate's degree, a 4-year Bachelor's degree, or take an accelerated course program to receive a professional certificate. Attending school online is a great option for those who might have uncertainties about going to college as an older student or returning after many years. Taking advantage of a distance learning program can be an easy way to ease into the routine of class work and projects, and can reduce the stress of feeling the need to fit in with younger students. Further, course availability is often convenient for those who work full time or care for a family. Often, distance-learning programs offer evening and weekend classes.

There are distance-learning programs available for just about every professional and academic discipline out there. Fields of study include Business, Social Sciences, Humanities, Library and Information Sciences, Education, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, and various Healthcare programs. These are but a few of the subjects in which you can earn a college degree by choosing a distance-learning program. While there are many fully accredited online-only colleges and Universities that offer distance learning programs, there are also many traditional colleges and Universities that are adding distance learning to their curricula. Most of these colleges and Universities are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation is an important credential to look for when choosing an online program if you have prior college credits you wish to transfer. Accredited institutions are also more readily recognized and accepted by employers and professional organizations.

You might be concerned about affording a degree through a college that offers distance-learning programs. Often, financial aid is available to students in the form of grants, loans, even scholarships. Also, many employers are willing to pay for part or all of an employee's tuition and fees. Investing in an employee's future reaps benefits for everyone involved.

The misconception of receiving your degree from a college that offers distance-learning programs is that the experience might not be as enriching or legitimate as attending campus-based classes at a traditional college or University. This just isn't the case. Programs offered online present the same opportunities for group work, independent study, and interpersonal communications as their traditional counterparts. While it is true that being an online student requires a certain amount of self-discipline and organization, receiving your college degree online will probably help to facilitate the learning process as well as develop your time management and self-motivation skills. With the prevalence of the Internet and advancements such as teleconferencing in both education and the business world today, it is possible to come away from the experience not only with a college education and your dream career, but also with greater knowledge and comfort with technology. Receiving your college degree through a distance-learning program is a valuable, convenient, and flexible way to broaden your career opportunities, and have the career you have always dreamt about.

About The Author

Mark Woodcock is a director of 3 Internet Companies, is a published author and has written many articles on a widespread number of topics. All his articles may be reproduced provided that an active link is included to http://www.higher-education-online.com.


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