Business Administration: Online Classes Gain Popularity
While some programs like Medical Assisting or HVAC require a classroom environment, other subjects such as business can easily be completed online. According to the Open Education Database, there are over 3 million students enrolled in fully online classes and another 6 million taking one or more classes online. Based on this information it would seem online learning is gaining in popularity with students from all walks of life from recent high school graduates to fulltime professionals, but why are online classes so popular?
Reasons Online Classes Are Popular
Students have quoted many reasons for attending online classes, the most common being flexibility and convenience. With the growth of Wi-Fi and the number of establishments offering free hotspots to their patrons, you can attend class from home, the office, the local coffee shop or the public library. With a computer and internet access you can attend class anywhere and at any time. Besides convenience, there is a wide variety of programs to choose from. At Stautzenberger College, we offer Business, Paralegal, Medical Billing and Coding, Allied Health and Construction Management to name a few. With so many options, students can usually find a program to fit their needs. Another advantage of online learning is the cost savings. It sounds crazy but you can save a great deal of money and time by not commuting, not to mention looking for parking or having to drive in bad weather. You can even complete your classes in a snowstorm or when you are not feeling the best!
My Personal Story
Having been an online student for the past several years, I can attest to the convenience and flexibility online programs provide. I have been able to complete both my bachelor and master’s degree online in much less time than attending traditional classes. I am a working adult who decided to return to school much later in life. I procrastinated for years and online learning provided the convenience and flexibility I was looking for. Now I am so glad I completed my education. It has provided me with both the knowledge and skills to advance in my career. Taking online classes allowed me to work fulltime, travel and complete my degrees in a way that suited not only my lifestyle but my busy schedule. I was never a fan of sitting in class, listening to lectures and living in a large city, and commuting was out of the question. Therefore, attending school online was the perfect solution for me. If you are thinking of completing your degree, obtaining some new skills or getting started in a new career, attending college online may be the perfect solution for you.
The world’s economy is built on business, which is why there are so many opportunities. Today there is a tremendous need in the marketplace for professionals who know how to utilize effectively the resources of an organization or business. American Higher Education College has business programs to help you develop critical thinking, decision-making and communications skills employers seek in management employees. You can start with Contemporary Business Administration to learn the basics of operations and leadership and then finish with a degree in Business Administration. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a wide salary range across a number of different positions in Business Administration and the growth is projected at 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employment opportunities will be most prevalent in retail, manufacturing, general office management and insurance. For more information check out the Contemporary Business Administratoin program or other online programs.
10 Advantages to Taking Online Classes, January 10, 2012, retrieved from, http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/10-advantages-to-taking-online-classes/
Written by: Terri Holte
Terri Holte, Vice President of Admissions and Marketing, American Higher Education Corporation, has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Ms. Holte has developed admissions training programs, marketing strategies, sales training and manuals. Ms. Holte is a graduate of Colorado Technical University with a degree in Business Administration and recently received her Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Development at Kaplan University.