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In today’s fast paced world, going to school while working can be a huge financial and logistical challenge. To help bridge the gap between long-term commuting and off-site living, many colleges and universities now offer online education programs for the telecommuter. Distance education courses offer the same content as a “regular” classroom; they just offer the knowledge in a more convenient package. If you do your research and check the accreditation of your college, you can have a quicker, easier way to commute to school…in your pajamas!
Online education programs are designed to make higher education convenient for you. Colleges offer some courses by telecommute, some by television and video viewing, and some by group conference call. All of these distance education courses are designed to make it easy for you to fulfill your degree requirements. Some of these options require your attendance at the learning facility for your exams. Some of these have written work only which is submitted by email. Some of these meet on weekends once a quarter, where you meet with your peers in a classroom situation and turn in your assigned projects at the classroom site. Always remember to have a healthy lifestyle, be healthy and you will learn easier.
When researching your online education programs, be sure to see that your college is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Their website has the information available to see if your chosen college is one approved. If your college is not accredited, do not give them any money! They are a scam and your diploma will be worthless and expensive. Not only will you lose the time and effort it took to complete your degree, you will also lose credibility with your potential employers and thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, just because a college says it is a “good” school does not mean it is. Do your homework and research your school as thoroughly as you research your degree.