Online Learning: Another Option to Completion

July 30, 2019

It’s easy to picture a traditional college learning experience where a student attends school full-time, dedicates all his or her time and energy to academics, and completes a degree in a few short years. Although this scenario might seem ideal, it’s not the only path to completing a degree. In fact, a recent study from NPR states that close to 74 percent of undergrads fall into the category of “non-traditional student.” Of these students, 1 in 5 are at least 30 years old and 47 percent go to school part-time. Across the five Alamo Colleges, over 80% of students are part-time.

Non-traditional students are the new norm, and the narrative of education continues to expand with many of these returning students choosing online learning.

One reason to pursue online learning is flexibility. Although each class contains specific deadlines and assignments, you control when and where those assignments are completed. For example, you can work on assignments during your morning bus commute or afternoon lunch hour, thus giving you the time to attend family events or care for your child or parents in the evening.

For students like Felicia Campos, an online student at St. Philip's College, the flexibility of online options extends beyond personal obligations. It allows them to work as a professional while completing their degree. It can be challenging to balance working part or full time with a course load, but online courses and degree programs allow students the option to complete required coursework when it’s most convenient – early mornings before the kids wake up or late nights after a long shift.

More importantly, students who work while completing degrees can integrate various academic skills into their professional roles. Skills like critical thinking, oral communication, and resilience are required to succeed in an online capacity, and these are highly touted skills in the working world. For example, as you successfully complete your online courses, you are demonstrating to your current or potential employers that you are competent and willing to work hard, both of which are highly valued in the business. Some students may even decide to continue their coursework following degree completion, thereby benefiting employers with more knowledge and skill.

Although online learning might not be your preference, it is a valuable option that offers tremendous personal and professional benefits. It is worth some careful consideration. With five Colleges offering over 80 degrees, certificates, and skills awards fully online, you are surely to find a fit for your interest and career needs.

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