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Old 05-08-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm new here. I have a 5 year old and 9 month old and I'm looking into taking some online classes so I can get a good job, but I'm having trouble figuring out where to start. Have any of you taken online classes? How did they work out for you and where did you take them? What programs are good? Any feedback like that would be really helpful.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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Dear Kels, it depends on what kind of program you're in. Also, depends on the school.

I think there are a lot of shady "online-only" schools out there that are out to make a buck, rather than focus on the student's best interests. I am not knocking all "for-profit" programs, but often they are more expensive, and promise things that they don't deliver. I'm not warning you to stay away from them entirely, but just be careful, and do your homework on what kind of jobs their graduates get. Also, if you approach them, please be aware of how aggressive the admissions counselors are. If they seem to say yes to just about everything you ask, or if you feel pressured in any way, those would be red flags.

It might be a more quality investment to look into more traditional/state universities that have online courses included. They cost less than for-profits, and usually have a more stable reputation.

Good luck!!

p.s. Truth be told, I found that online courses took up way more time than in person courses, but that's just me!!!
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Thanks, I'll keep that in mind
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Some online colleges are not worth the paper they are written on. Places like Kaplan, Walden, and University of Phoenix......

I went to my local community college for the first 2 years and was able to take a good portion of my classes online. I hold a degree in Political Science. I then went onto law school and now have a JD. Obviously not all of that was online.

What I found was that the bigger colleges in state had daycare programs. I started school when my daughter was in kindergarten, so she was in school for a few hours and then in daycare. I also worked 30 hours a week or more while getting my undergraduate degree.

It can be done. check out some of your local community colleges.
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Good luck in your search, a good program and place to start, is as mentioned above, check out your local colleges and talk with advisers, they will know you local programs that would suit you and that are in demand.

I moved this to the Campus Single Parents for better exposer, you can look through the threads in this category too.

Good Luck, and I think that self discipline is also a big necessity, with any schooling, and more so with on line.
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I guess my problem is that I'm looking for a quick fix, maybe a certification or something. Thanks so much for the feedback guys
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Lots of local community colleges have certifications. There is where I would start my search. You want something that employers will look at and say, "Yeah, that's good. Reputable. Alumni from there rock."
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There are also a lot of regular schools that offer a lot of online classes. I am going to the University of Cincinnati and I managed to take the first year of classes online.
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I'm not sure exactly what field you want to go into, but I do know that if you are interested in Nursing, there are numerous online courses you can do that are accredited.
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I keep thinking about taking online classes too, but part of me craves the interactions I would have by actually going to school (I am a little starved for adult interactions!). But online classes seem so easy for a person like myself who has limited time, then I would not have to commute. I liked the post by the gal that is going to U of Cincinnati and was able to take her 1st year classes online. Lucky you - you are still part of an institution and have the option to take "real" classes vs just online.
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Just to ditto above advice

Local university has an award winning child care center...

Local community college is cheap, reputable, and also offers its own fair share of on-line classes.

I am like you - I do better in an actual classroom. However, I did take some basic computer skill classes online...like Microsoft Office is a real basic skill to know, including the Excel part of that. Quickbooks (getting into bookkeeping) and a few other accounting class...my Quickbooks teacher was an accountant and suggested a few other courses before hanging out a sign for bookkeeping. I did not go that route (am NOT a numbers person) but everything else about it was appealing...I am a self-starter...could have easily gathered up individual jobs to do mostly at home...decent pay. With some skill there...can get really good jobs.

Do a bit of googling...whatever local colleges are around...see what resources they have. Also, can check out onet or something like that...branch of Bureau of Labor Statistics and shows market trends for diff. types of employment and which schools offer training for that.
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