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Online study offers new, affordable options to students. Photo courtesy of CCCC.
As courses offered in the traditional on-campus setting fill up at Cape Cod Community College, a great many of the very same courses are waiting online, taught by the College’s faculty, a number of whom have earned awards of excellence for their online course development. A link to the Fall Semester’s online offerings is available here: http://www.capecod.edu/web/online.
Studying online used to be just for the adventurous or those who really had no choice at all, such as students living on the nearby islands or at the tip of the Cape where transportation remains a major barrier. Today, Cape Cod Community College has created a suite of online services to support the online student including tutoring, advising and counseling, along with “communities” of students – both online and on-campus who can interact with each other through the College’s learning environment, “Moodle” – new this year to CCCC, but one that is widely used at the area high schools, so students are likely to be familiar with it.
"...not continuing a course of study, or putting off the start, risks a very uncertain future."
In difficult economic times, online education becomes very cost effective. Highly respected, fully accredited credits can be earned without incurring the expense of travel, or giving up a shift at work, or finding and paying that babysitter/childcare for the extra on-campus hours. Time has become nearly as valuable a resource as dollars, and online study’s flexibility creates options that just aren’t there when life’s pressures of tight cash and even tighter work schedules become too great.
But, not continuing a course of study, or putting off the start, risks a very uncertain future. Repeated study of life-time earnings continues to show that the individual without furthering their education after high school will earn hundreds of thousands of dollars less in their lifetime than someone who has earned an accredited certificate or credential. According to the U.S. Department of Education's Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), college degrees offer double-digit increases in earning power. An associate's degree delivers a 25 percent increase in expected lifetime earnings. And a bachelor's degree offers a huge 88 percent salary advantage over a high school diploma.
An associate's degree delivers a 25 percent increase in expected lifetime earnings.
At Cape Cod Community College, what was once a very short list of a few offerings is now a robust group of 31 online course options that offer choices in every discipline including the Sciences. For Science courses that include a lab, students will come to campus for hands-on laboratory instruction, but only a very few times in a semester.
As student demand grows, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges ( NEASC ) has accredited CCCC to offer it’s Associate of Arts Degree and Associate in Science Degree in Business completely online. In addition, the College offers the opportunity to earn a fully accredited Associate of Arts as well as an Associate of Science degree online in partnership with Nichols College, and has a similar online agreement with Westfield State University.
Online education was once only for a few students willing to try something new. Today it is a viable option for almost every student, and can be a very important option in these uncertain economic times. A complete list of CCCC’s Fall semester’s online courses can be found by selecting the Fall 2010 link at http://www.capecod.edu/web/online.
Before enrolling, the College recommends that students speak with an academic advisor about appropriate course selection. Some courses have prerequisites, and an advisor can direct a student to options most appropriate to the need.
Classes begin September 7th at Cape Cod Community College.
Courtesy of Cape Cod Community College.
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