Thursday, August 12, 2010

American Public University: Online Education on Your Schedule

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I'm sure my parents added a few gray hairs when I decided to quit college after one year.  I completed my degree the hard way:  taking classes at night.  If I had the chance to do it over, I might have made a different decision.  Working in the college chemistry lab until 11pm, then going to work in my employer's lab at 7am, wasn't much fun!

What I wouldn't have given for the chance to take classes on my own schedule!  When I was taking night classes, the internet as we know it didn't even exist.  Now you can take classes online and complete your assignments when it's convenient.  As a mom, I can definitely appreciate that flexible schedule, but I can see it being an advantage for other non-traditional students, as well.

American Public University (APU) offers courses that are 100% online.  Accelerated programs and flexible courses are also available, so students can balance schoolwork with family, work, and other responsibilities.

I was impressed to read that American Public University has not increased undergraduate tuition fees in over ten years, and APU provides degree-seeking undergrads with their course materials at no cost through a Book Grant program.

This month APU is hosting several live online chats with moms who have returned to school.  If you're at all interested, I encourage you to take the opportunity to learn about their experiences, challenges, and successes!

Disclosure:  I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of American Public University. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

2 comments :

  1. One day I plan on going back and finishing up my degree. Who knows it may come in handy one day :)

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  2. I think about this a lot. I never went to college, had kids when I was 21. I don't regret it. It's what God wanted me to do...but someday I might want to go back to work or be involved in a ministry role and I think that it might help for me to go back to school. I have been thinking lately about helping others in the Christian mental health field...gotta get my bearings, but someday! I am a pretty good listener and encourager, but we'll see. Great info :)

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