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Online Colleges Meet Demands of Distance Learners

January 24th, 2011

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More working professionals are looking for new ways to earn a postsecondary education in a manner that does not interfere with their schedule. Online colleges are giving individuals more opportunities to obtain a degree through a flexible course schedule that can cater to their lifestyle.

Recently, some firefighters have faced difficulty receiving promotions due to a lack of higher education, according to The Courier in Montgomery County. In an effort to meet the growing demand for distance learning degree programs, Lone Star College-Montgomery (LSC) is considering a new fire science technology associate's degree for students. The LSC board of trustees will meet to discuss whether it is possible to implement a new program by spring 2011.

"While you don’t need [an associate's degree] to be a certified firefighter in Texas, it certainly helps an individual who wants to advance in their career as a firefighter or in the private sector," Woodlands fire chief Alan Benson told the news source. "A lot of firefighters currently take online classes from other universities."

The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning discovered that the number of online enrollments has increased by nearly 1 million students over the past year.

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