Online education helps mother balance family

Prior to online education, a degree would have likely been out of reach for Rose Youngmark of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. At 28, she was the mother of six young children and had precious little time to pursue her education. Although she had taken a few courses on a local campus, she quickly realised regular attendance would be nearly impossible.
Instead of pursuing her degree through a traditional program, Youngmark turned to online learning, which offered her the flexibility to study at her child’s baseball game or work late at night once her children were in bed.
Youngmark was profiled in a Minnesota newspaper, not just because she was close to earning her associate of arts degree, but also because she was the 100,000th student to enroll in a class in 2011 through the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. To earn her degree, Youngmark took classes through Metropolitan State University and North Hennepin Community College. With an associate degree under her belt, Youngmark hopes to continue her education and earn a bachelor’s degree that will eventually allow her to become a Spanish teacher.By all accounts, Dianna Searles had a successful career in the finance industry. Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the United States, Searles worked at PNC bank as a senior loan support specialist. With 17 years on the job, her employment was secure. However, Searles knew her advancement opportunities were limited without a bachelor’s degree.
Her associate degree had taken seven years to complete at a traditional college, and Searles was hoping to finish her bachelor’s degree in less time. Since she didn’t want to quit her job, she turned to an online program through the University of Phoenix, the United State’s largest online university.
There, she studied human services management at her own pace and on her own schedule. Searles says that her coursework involved a great deal of writing and selfdiscipline. While not easier in terms of coursework than a traditional degree, Searles does say she appreciated being able to schedule study times around her work shifts. Searles has completed her bachelor’s degree in human services management and is confident it will help her take her established finance career to the next level of success.


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