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Online Classes Help Working Professionals Earn Degrees

January 19th, 2011

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Many individuals who did not have the chance to finish their postsecondary education are looking for new ways to obtain a degree. Online colleges are giving more working professionals the opportunity to earn an education while maintaining their other obligations.

Recently, Oklahoma officials announced plans to institute a program to help adults obtain a degree while working full-time jobs, according to The Oklahoman. Reach Higher will allow people to start taking classes to earn an associate's degree at the beginning of January.

Becky Stout is one example of an individual who returned to school to make a better life for her family. She is currently on track to earn a bachelor's degree through Reach Higher in the spring of 2011.

"You are never too old to go back and finish what you started," Stout told the news source. "I went back for myself, but more importantly, I went back for my children."The program, which is offered at 14 educational institutions across the state, allows students to take online classes on a flexible schedule. Since 2007, more than 100 students have been able to earn bachelor's degree through the program.

More than 90 percent of high-wage jobs that will be created within the next decade will require some postsecondary education, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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