You have decided to take the plunge and pursue continuing education to get ahead in the job field. You have weighed the
pros and cons in your head over and over again and have decided that you want to break through the proverbial glass ceiling
and take your career to heights you never thought possible.
The problem? You cannot afford to take the time off from your work and family obligations to pursue your continuing education
dreams. Classes at night are usually several hours long and you cannot take classes during the day.
Colleges have heard your complaints and are beginning to offer degree programs for all types of life situations, including
online continuing education programs. These programs are just like any other type of educational program and many are even
accredited by the same accreditation boards that accredit more traditional degree programs.
There are two types of online degree programs: continuing education programs from traditional colleges and universities to
those that solely conduct their academic programs online. It is up to you to research the programs that interest you and
learn if they are really into it to educate you or if they are just trying to take advantage of students interested in
learning. Sadly, there are those types of people out in the world today looking to make a buck from your dreams. Make sure
that does not happen to you and research your options before your make a commitment to the continuing education program with
your hard earned dollars and cents.
You can find these programs by simply searching on your favorite search engine. A recent search on Google netted over 100
web pages dedicated to online degree programs and information to help students make decisions on these programs. There is
no shortage of information out there for you, it is finding the legitimate ones that takes a bit of work.
When you find a program that fits your interests, you should first check if they are accredited by a nationally recognized
accreditation board. If the are, proceed. If they are not, well, move on. Your credits would not be worth much more than a
piece of paper. Actually, the piece of paper may be worth more.
Once you find an accredited program, search the web to find information on student experiences. Look for the good, the bad
and the ugly to help you make your choice. You can also look at the Better Business Bureau to see their reports on the
Lastly, before you proceed with the program, speak to someone about the college, preferably on the phone. If they are not
willing to speak to you on the phone regarding your interests, be wary of them.
It may take a lot of leg work for you to find the continuing education program of your dreams. But in the end, you will
find that all of the work and stress that comes along with choosing an online program is worth it in the end.