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Online Trade Schools and CollegesDistance learning and online schools can help you make a change in your life. You can obtain the education you want while holding down a full-time job, raising a family, or keeping up with the numerous other responsibilities that have been holding you back. Online learning lets you skip the commute and the class schedules and focus on your studies when it's convenient for you.

Through one of these colleges or trade schools, you can open the door to an almost limitless selection of online programs and education levels. From vocational trades to health care training and business programs, and everything in between, there is a distance learning program designed to help you achieve your career goals. What you can learn from a distance is truly remarkable—you can even get electrician training online!

If you find yourself wondering, "But what if I can't find the program I want offered at a college near me?", then online programs are an especially smart choice. Online vocational training has evolved in recent years thanks to increasing access to the Internet, which means that your learning experience comes with plenty of support. Tutors, timely access to faculty, student chat rooms, and electronic textbooks are all features that can help you get the most out of your education.

Your options for attending school online are growing by the day. If you're considering this as a route to a post-secondary degree, or just want to supplement your existing education, you are in very good company. Start your educational journey right now by finding the online certificate, diploma, or degree programs that may be right for you. Or, if you're looking for a bit more information about online training first, this article can provide an excellent place to begin.

Online vocational schools are going mainstream. So explore these education resources, then get going. There's so much to learn!

Online Education Information



Featured Schools

Central Christian College of Kansas


Not available to residents of some states
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Administration
    • Accounting
    • Human Resource Management
    • Management
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Health and Human Services - Psychology/Coaching
  • Psychology
  • Health and Human Services
    • Community and Family Services
    • Correctional/Justice
    • Health Services
    • Psychology/Coaching
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Healthcare Management
  • Psychology
  • Health and Human Services
    • Community and Family Services
    • Correctional/Justice
    • Health Services
    • Psychology/Coaching
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health and Human Services - Correctional/Justice
  • Health and Human Services
    • Community and Family Services
    • Correctional/Justice
    • Health Services
    • Psychology/Coaching
  • Psychology


Penn Foster Career School

  • High School Diploma
  • High School Diploma with Career Pathways in:
    • Automotive Repair Technician
    • Carpentry
    • Child Care Professional
    • Culinary Arts Professional
    • Early College Courses
    • Electrical
    • Healthcare
    • Information Technology
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Plumbing
  • Freelance Writer
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Guest Service Agent
  • Hotel / Restaurant Management
  • Legal Secretary
  • Retail Supervisor
  • Small Business Management
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Freelance Writer
  • Basic Electronics
  • PC Maintenance and Repair
  • Caterer
  • Hotel / Restaurant Management
  • AutoCAD® Essentials
  • Computer Graphic Artist
  • Dressmaking & Design
  • Floral Design
  • Freelance Writer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Jewelry Design and Repair
  • Landscaping Technology
  • Child Care Professional
  • Dressmaking & Design
  • Occupational Therapy Aide
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Transcriptionist
  • Private Investigator
  • Security Guard
  • Computer Graphic Artist
  • Appliance Repair
  • Electronics Technician
  • Home Inspector
  • Home Remodeling and Repair
  • Landscaping Technology
  • Locksmith & Home Security Technician
  • Motorcycle Repair Technician
  • Plumber
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Physical Therapy Aide


Penn Foster College

  • Foundation Skills for Technology
  • Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician
  • ABC® Certified Wedding Planner
  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Management
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Retail Management
  • Travel and Tourism Specialist
  • Marketing
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Engineering Technology
  • Foundation Skills for Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology
  • PC Maintenance Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Foundation Skills for Technology
  • General Studies
  • Dental Assistant
  • Health Care Management
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Optician
  • Pharmacy Technician Professional
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Auto Repair Technician
  • Construction Technology
  • Diesel Mechanics/Heavy Truck Maintenance
  • Gunsmith
  • HVACR Technician
  • Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology
  • Industrial Supervision
  • Manufacturing
  • Residential Electrician
  • Wildlife/Forestry Conservation
  • Travel and Tourism Specialist


Ashworth College

  • Dog Obedience Trainer
  • Veterinary Assisting
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Introduction
  • Automotive Automatic Transmissions
  • Automotive Engine Performance
  • Automotive HVAC
  • Automotive Manual Drive Trains
  • Automotive Technician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Basics
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Management
  • Construction Management
  • Event Planner
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Human Resource Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Law
  • Retail Management
  • Security Management
  • Security Services
  • Small Business Management
  • Tax Preparation
  • Travel Agent
  • Wedding Planner
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Basic Electronics
  • Computer Information Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Service and Repair
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Introduction
  • Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse
  • Gourmet Cooking and Catering
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • AutoCAD
  • Floral Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Home Staging
  • Interior Decorating
  • Jewelry Design and Repair
  • Landscape Design
  • Personal Style
  • Child Care Provider
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Teacher Assisting
  • Personal Style
  • General Business
  • General Studies
  • Advanced Medical Coding
  • Dental Office Assistant
  • Electronic Health Records Management
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Healthcare Management
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant: Admin Procedures
  • Medical Office Receptionist
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Transcription Fundamentals
  • Nutrition, Diet and Health Science
  • Occupational Therapy Aide
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Introduction
  • Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse
  • Sterile Compounding
  • Sterile Processing
  • Veterinary Assisting
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Home Health Aide
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Introduction
  • Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Forensic Science
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Private Investigation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Security Administration
  • Graphic Design
  • Forensic Science
  • Nutrition, Diet and Health Science
  • Automotive Automatic Transmissions
  • Automotive Engine Performance
  • Automotive HVAC
  • Automotive Manual Drive Trains
  • Automotive Technician
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Management
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Electrician Training
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Home Inspection
  • Landscape Design
  • Locksmithing
  • Plumbing
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Introduction
  • Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse
  • Nutrition, Diet and Health Science
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Travel Agent


New York Institute of Art and Design


  • Creative Writing
  • Personal Style
  • Event Planning
  • Wedding Planner
  • Creative Writing
  • Front-End Web Development
  • User Experience (UX) Design
  • 3D Modeling with SketchUp
  • AutoCAD
  • Feng Shui Interior Design
  • Floral Design
  • Front-End Web Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Home Staging
  • Interior Design
  • Jewelry Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Personal Style
  • User Experience (UX) Design
  • 3D Modeling with SketchUp
  • Front-End Web Development
  • Graphic Design
  • User Experience (UX) Design
  • Landscape Design


New York Institute of Career Development

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Property Management
  • Tax Preparation
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Sterile Processing
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Paralegal


New York Institute of Photography

  • Photojournalism
  • Video Making
  • Business for Photographers
  • Photojournalism
  • Business for Photographers
  • Fundamentals of Digital Photography
  • Nature and Landscape Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Photoshop for Photographers
  • Portrait Photography
  • Professional Photography
  • Travel Photography
  • Wedding Photography
  • Business for Photographers
  • Fundamentals of Digital Photography
  • Nature and Landscape Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Photoshop for Photographers
  • Portrait Photography
  • Professional Photography
  • Travel Photography
  • Video Making
  • Wedding Photography


Colorado Christian University

  • Applied Psychology Emphasis in
    • Biblical Studies
    • Clinical Counseling
    • Criminal Justice
  • Communication Studies
  • Psychology
  • Accountancy
  • Business - Emphasis in Entrepreneurship
  • Business - Emphasis in International Business
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Management in Christian Leadership
  • Organizational Management in Enterprise Agility
  • Organizational Management in Project Management
  • Communication Studies
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Computer Information Technology Emphasis in:
    • Database Management
    • Networking
  • Applied Psychology Emphasis in
    • Biblical Studies
    • Clinical Counseling
    • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education - Licensure
  • Early Childhood Education - Non-Licensure
  • Elementary Education - Licensure
  • Elementary Education - Non-Licensure
  • Special Education, K-12 Generalist - Licensure
  • Special Education, K-12 Generalist - Non-Licensure
  • Applied Psychology Emphasis in
    • Biblical Studies
    • Clinical Counseling
    • Criminal Justice
  • Health Care Administration
  • Nursing - RN-BSN
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Applied Psychology - Emphasis in Criminal Justice
  • Applied Psychology - Emphasis in Biblical Studies
  • Christian Ministry
  • Organizational Management in Christian Leadership
  • Applied Psychology Emphasis in
    • Biblical Studies
    • Clinical Counseling
    • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology


Platt College

  • Veterinary Technology (Online in CA, FL, PA, and VA)
  • Business Management (Online in CA)
  • Health Care Management (Online in CA)
  • Respiratory Therapy (Online in CA, FL, PA, and VA)


Independence University

  • Accounting
  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting Emphasis
  • Business Administration
    • Human Resources Emphasis
    • Marketing Emphasis
    • Technology Emphasis
  • Business Administration - Marketing Emphasis
  • Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Arts - Information Design Emphasis
  • Business Administration - Technology Emphasis
  • Cybersecurity & Networking
  • Software and Mobile Applications Development
  • Web Design and Development
  • Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Arts - Information Design Emphasis
  • Web Design and Development
  • Health Services Management
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing (RN completion to BS)
  • Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Arts - Information Design Emphasis
  • Web Design and Development
  • Nursing (RN completion to BS)


Laurus College

  • Business Systems Management
  • Information Technologies & Network Systems
  • Web Design
  • Web Design & Development
  • Digital Arts & Computer Animation
  • Web Design
  • Web Design & Development
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Digital Arts & Computer Animation
  • Web Design
  • Web Design & Development


Grantham University


  • Strategic Communications
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
    • General Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing
    • Operations Management
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management Concentration
  • Procurement and Contracts Management
  • Strategic Communications
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Management Technology
  • Information Systems:
    • Cybersecurity
    • Health Informatics
    • Web Development
  • Information Systems - Web Development
  • Health Information Management
  • Information Systems - Health Informatics
  • RN to BSN Degree Completion
  • Criminal Justice
  • Information Systems - Web Development
  • RN to BSN Degree Completion
  • Computer Science


Rasmussen College


Not available to residents of some states
  • Business Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources and Organizational Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Network Systems Administration
  • Software Application Development
  • Web Programming
  • Early Childhood Education
    • Child Development
    • Special Needs
  • Early Childhood Education Leadership
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Health and Wellness
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Services
  • Criminal Justice - Leadership and Management Specialization


Bryan University

  • Advanced Full Stack Web Development
  • Full Stack Web Development
  • Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies


Saint Leo University


  • Psychology:
    • Clinical/Counseling
    • Developmental
    • Experimental
    • General Studies
  • Religion
  • Sociology: Applied & Clinical
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration:
    • Accounting
    • Logistics
    • Management Specialization
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
  • Emergency Management - Fire Science
  • Human Resource Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science: Information Assurance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Psychology:
    • Clinical/Counseling
    • Developmental
    • Experimental
    • General Studies
  • Sociology: Applied & Clinical
  • Educational Studies - Early Childhood Development
  • Elementary Education
  • Health Care Administration
  • Psychology:
    • Clinical/Counseling
    • Developmental
    • Experimental
    • General Studies
  • Sociology: Applied & Clinical
  • Human Services
  • Criminal Justice:
    • Criminalistics Specialization
    • Homeland Security Specialization
  • Liberal Arts
  • Liberal Studies
  • Sociology:
    • Applied & Clinical
    • Diversity & Inequality
  • Religion


Florida Tech

  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy
  • Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology/Organizational Psychology
  • Aviation Management
  • Accounting
  • Aviation Management
  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration/Accounting
  • Business Administration/Computer Information Systems
  • Business Administration/Healthcare Management
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Business Administration/Marketing
  • Human Resources Management
  • Lean Continuous Improvement
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mastering PM Concepts: A PMBOK® Guide Study
  • PM Applications: Becoming a Better Project Manager
  • PMP®/CAPM® Exam Preparation
  • Business Administration/Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Business Administration/Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy
  • Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology/Organizational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy
  • Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Business Administration/Healthcare Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Psychology/Organizational Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Liberal Arts
  • Aviation Management


Post University

  • Psychology
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport Management
  • Marketing
  • Applied Mathematics & Data Science
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Human Services
  • Psychology
  • Child Studies
  • Human Services
  • Psychology
  • Human Services
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Legal Studies
  • Paralegal (Legal Studies)
  • Applied Mathematics & Data Science
  • Human Services
  • Psychology
  • Sport Management


ECPI University


Not available to residents of California
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • IT Management
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber and Information Security Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Electronic Systems Engineering Technology
  • Electronic Systems Mechatronic
  • IT Management
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Mobile Development
  • Software Development
  • Web Design & Development
  • Web Design & Development
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Crime and Intelligence Analysis
  • Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Web Design & Development
  • Hospitality Management


Baker College

  • Psychology
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration - Accelerated Program
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems - Project Management
  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science - Database Technology
  • Game Software Development
  • Information Systems
    • Information Assurance
    • Project Management
    • Web Development
  • Information Technology and Security - Information Assurance
  • Psychology
  • Game Software Development
  • General Studies
  • General Studies - General Science
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing (Post-licensure)
  • Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy (Police)
  • Game Software Development
  • Nursing (Post-licensure)
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science - Database Technology
  • Psychology


The College of Health Care Professions


Available to Texas residents
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Medical Office Specialist


Full Sail University

  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Sports Marketing and Media
  • Sportscasting
  • Digital Marketing
  • Media Communications
  • Music Business
  • Sports Marketing and Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Digital Marketing
  • Media Communications
  • Sports Marketing and Media
  • Sportscasting
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Mobile Development
  • Web Design & Development
  • Computer Animation
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Game Art
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Communications
  • Mobile Development
  • Web Design & Development
  • Audio Production
  • Computer Animation
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Game Art
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Communications
  • Mobile Development
  • Music Business
  • Music Production
  • Web Design & Development
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Music Business
  • Music Production


InterCoast


(California Residents Only)
  • Business Administration
  • Business Office Administration
  • Computerized Accounting
  • Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling
  • Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling


Grand Canyon University

  • Communications
  • Elementary Education
  • History for Secondary Education (ITL)
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Accounting
  • Applied Business Analytics
  • Applied Business Information Systems
  • Applied Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Management
  • Applied Marketing and Advertising
  • Business Administration
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance and Economics
  • Health Care Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Sports Management
  • Applied Marketing and Advertising
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Programming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity
  • Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in
    • Family Dynamics
    • Trauma
    • Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Business for Secondary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education
  • Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English as a Second Language
  • Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
  • Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Christian Education
  • Elementary Education with an Emphasis in STEM
  • Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Teaching Reading
  • Elementary Education
  • English for Secondary Education
  • History for Secondary Education (ITL)
  • Math for Secondary Education
  • Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in
    • Family Dynamics
    • Trauma
    • Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
  • Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in
    • Family Dynamics
    • Trauma
    • Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
  • Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)
  • Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Christian Education
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Sports Management
  • Hospitality Management


Remington College


Not available to residents of some states
  • Restaurant, Hospitality, and Retail Management
  • Database Management and Administration
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting
  • Digital Graphic Art
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Restaurant, Hospitality, and Retail Management



Online Schools: 4 Factors to Consider

Online career training optionsOnline schools are growing at an astonishing rate.

Online education is such a popular option because it allows you to learn at your own pace while balancing work, family, and social commitments. You can even earn your high school diploma online. But with so many institutions now offering online delivery in several different vocational fields, how do you choose a school and program that fits your goals? And what are the key actions to take if you want to succeed in an online environment?

According to Babson Survey Research Group, almost 32 percent of U.S. higher education students took at least one online or distance-learning course in 2016. That translates to nearly 6.4 million students, up 5.6 percent from the previous year.

These numbers mean you will have more schools to choose from and more programs to consider. So, to help you find the distance learning option that best meets your needs, here are four suggestions to keep in mind as you focus your search.

1. Look Into How the Courses Are Structured

Streaming video and virtual classrooms are popular tools. But different online schools may take advantage of different formats. So, when doing your research, look for tutorials or "test drives." Many schools and colleges, through their websites, offer students the chance to preview their online educational experiences.

This might be especially important for particular fields of study. For example, business administration programs may rely heavily on group projects. That means the school should make it easy for students to contact each other via email or live chatting so that they can quickly divide coursework.

Delivery is another important word to remember. Try to find out whether programs are delivered exclusively online or through a combination of mediums like print, video conferencing, or CD-ROM. Ask about the nature of group work, too, since some online vocational schools may encourage students to meet in person.

2. Go Over the Technical Requirements

Technology can change quickly, so ensure that you have the hardware and software required for a particular online program. It's also a good idea to make sure that round-the-clock technical support will be just a click or call away.

Compare the specs of your home computer with the technical requirements listed on school websites. That way, you'll know whether you need any upgrades. And remember: many powerful software applications and technologies are free. So a school that uses them will help you stay up-to-date without needing to spend a bundle. OpenOffice for word processing, QuickTime for video, and Adobe Acrobat for document sharing are just a few basic examples.

3. Determine How Accessible the Staff and Resources Are

Taking courses onlineFind out how easy it is to reach the people who will be evaluating you. Look for instructor email links, toll-free phone numbers, and scheduled office hours. At many schools, professors and instructors answer questions and engage in group discussions or online chat during set hours.

That goes for teaching assistants too. Many professors and instructors enlist assistants to grade assignments and lead discussion groups. You'll want access to those important resources.

And since online schools allow you to study during day or night, it's helpful to be able to take advantage of support resources at times that fit your schedule. You may not be able to speak with an instructor at 3 a.m., but access to online libraries might make completing your assignments easier.

4. Make Sure You Have the Commitment

Sure, you can attend class in your bathrobe from your couch. But are you disciplined enough to thrive? Online vocational training allows you to learn at your own pace and avoid commutes. But you still have to do your part by ensuring that you have enough time in your week to complete assignments before you enroll.

Also, make sure you can create a good learning environment at home or wherever you'll choose to study. Family and friends need to know that you require alone time with no distractions.

Never Be Afraid to Continue Learning

If you're a self-starter, disciplined, dedicated, and understand the importance of time management, then you'll make a good student. These characteristics are important regardless of whether you pursue an education online or on a campus. So, are you set to begin making your goals come to fruition? Use this moment to search for an online school that offers what you need to move ahead!



Are Online Degrees Worth It? 5 Valued Traits of Online Grads

Online DegreesIt's a question still asked by many: "Are online degrees worth it?" Happily, the answer is increasingly, "Yes!"

Of course, like all good things, online education has had its own share of growing pains, which is probably why some people still wonder about it. Plus, the students who benefit most from it are the ones who know what to look for. They understand that not all online schools are created equal, so they seek out the accredited options.

For instance, it's generally a good idea to make sure that the school you choose has accreditation from one or more agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. That way, you'll know that your school has met respected quality standards, which is important for your confidence as well as for the confidence of your potential employers.


Why Online Learning Is Widely Accepted

Aside from accreditation, are online degrees respected for any other reasons? Again, the answer is often, "Yes." In fact, degrees and other credentials from online programs have gained a lot of mainstream acceptance. Why? Consider these facts:

  • In general, online learning is just as effective as traditional face-to-face instruction.
  • In 2015, around 71 percent of American academic leaders rated online learning outcomes as being the same as those from conventional classroom learning, if not better.
  • According to Babson Survey Research Group, more than 1.5 million U.S. students at public colleges and universities took online or distance-learning courses exclusively in 2016, followed closely by about 1.46 million students at private colleges.

So online degrees from accredited institutions are widely accepted by many kinds of employers now. You no longer have to ask, "Are online degrees worth anything?" or "Are online degrees taken seriously?" In most cases, they are. After all, this type of convenient and flexible education isn't just a passing trend; it's a major aspect of today's learning and career-training landscape. And it's also proving to have some real advantages for many online graduates.

For example, earning an online degree demonstrates that you might have a lot of positive traits that employers often want. It gives you the opportunity to actively promote marketable traits such as:

1. Excellent Time Management Skills

Being able to complete an online or distance-learning course of study shows that you know how to balance different tasks and priorities. That's especially true if you're like many other people who've chosen this route. A lot of online students have multiple commitments to juggle, such as work and family responsibilities.

Plus, online diploma, certificate, and degree programs generally have few, if any, regular class meeting times. So attaining success requires the ability to manage your own time productively—on a schedule that you set. That's why it can be a clear indication that you have what it takes to do the same thing on the job, if required.

2. Self-Discipline and Motivation

Many organizations love to hire self-starters, the kind of people who don't need to be micro-managed or told what to do all the time. They want dedicated employees who have the willpower to get their jobs done on their own as well as the ability to persist through challenges when necessary.

It's why online grads are often seen as appealing job candidates. Since they've frequently had busy lives and other commitments outside of school, they've needed plenty of self-motivation to achieve their educational goals. That's a point you can sell to potential employers.

3. Good Online Collaboration Skills

Just like the Internet enables you to learn online, it also enables professionals in different locations to work with each other. As a result, a lot of companies and institutions are major users of online communications tools. Many of them have employees who work remotely or whole teams that are scattered across multiple regions. In short, much of today's work world has gone virtual, and it's a trend that's likely to keep gaining momentum well into the future.

But not everyone has experience using Web-based collaboration tools at that level. So people who've gone to school online often have an edge since they've had the chance to practice that type of communication using apps and platforms designed for successful collaboration.

4. Up-to-Date Computer Literacy

Online SchoolsAs amazing as it may seem, many career seekers simply don't have basic computer skills. And even those who do are sometimes a little behind the times. But for a huge percentage of job opportunities (across many vocational fields), a working familiarity with current computer technology is a requirement. After all, employers don't typically want to spend time teaching their new hires something that basic. So being a graduate of an online program provides some proof that you already know how to use a computer and can learn tech-related skills that might be new to you.

5. The Ability to Learn Independently

People who are resourceful and able to teach themselves new concepts and skills tend to achieve more success. That's why this trait is so highly valued in the professional world. Organizations can be more nimble and respond to changes more quickly if they have employees who can learn new things without a lot of extra guidance.

Learning online gives students more space and independence to develop that kind of resourcefulness. Plus, it gives them more opportunities to pause and reflect on what they're studying, which naturally builds their capacity for independent learning. As a result, many smart employers consider the inclusion of online degrees on resumes to be evidence of this beneficial trait.


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Web-based learning clearly has advantages—maybe even some you've never thought about. So, are online degrees worth it? That depends on you. Why not explore several online schools that offer respected programs? Or search for the options that can provide you with a convenient education where you live by entering your zip code right now!