Your New Year’s Resolution could be to go back to school

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By Erin Eagan

Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet for 2017? Besides the usual empty promises that are forgotten by March, this year make a resolution that you’ll want to stick to… go back to school! 

Now, before you dismiss the idea as being unrealistic, give it some thought. There are reasons you haven’t done it sooner, and that is understandable. Obligations tend to take priority, whether you’ve got children, work full-time or whatever the case may be. But something you may have not considered previously, however, is that you can always take advantage of flexible learning, a convenient alternative to a traditional classroom setting, including online, hybrid and accelerated courses.

Online learning gives you the opportunity to take classes and study on your own time, something that is critically important to you as you embark on your journey into higher education. Other benefits of online learning include:

  • No commute. Instead of time spent behind the wheel, that valuable time can be spent doing other things.
  • Your professors are available to you via email day or night.
  • Learning isn’t just limited to home. Mobile devices allow you to take classes at a coffee shop, at a cabin in front of the fire or anywhere else.
  • You are one of many with a busy schedule and conflicting priorities. Online classes are prepared to accommodate people just like you.

With hybrid courses, the content is delivered in a blend of face-to-face and online. Accelerated courses are given in an eight-week format, as opposed to a traditional 16-week format. All are designed for non-traditional students like you.

Now more than ever colleges and universities are recognizing that as they increase the online opportunities they offer, the more students are taking advantage — and the numbers have backed that up.

In the fall of 2014, about 5.8 million students were enrolled in at least one online course — up 3.9 percent​ from the previous fall. And in 2015, that figure rose by 3.7 percent.

Regardless of where in Wisconsin you live, don’t let anything get in the way of your educational goals. All 16 of Wisconsin’s technical colleges offer online and other flexible learning alternatives that can be tailored to fit your needs. Visit them online or contact a representative. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you get started in a whole new career.