Saturday, August 14, 2010

American Public University: College courses online for busy moms and dads

The summer after high school, I started college, but soon received a job dancing professionally. I stopped going to school to pursue my dream of dance. When my days of dance had passed, I married to my high school sweetheart and had my son shortly after. I wasn't even thinking about college at the time. My main focus was on my precious new baby boy.

I resumed my college education once my son was a bit older, but later found out I was pregnant with my daughter. Needless to say, finishing up college was going to have to wait again. When my daughter was older, I returned to college for the last time.

It's been a long journey, but it has also been very rewarding. As much as it would have been nice to finish much earlier, I wouldn't do anything differently. I've been able to be at home to watch my kids grow, and that to me, is what motherhood is all about.

It would have been really nice to take online courses throughout my college education, but my school didn't offer the courses I needed for my particular major.

The American Public University offers flexibility and variety. Many online students are non-traditional students that favor a flexible school schedule, with goals as varied as their lifestyles – from a full- time employee completing an MBA, to a “mompreneur” with a kitchen table business looking to sharpen her business acumen, to a part-time student embarking on a new career.

Unlike traditional universities, American Public University (APU) offers classes on a monthly basis (versus semesters), with accelerated programs and flexible courses that enable students to earn degrees while balancing family and work demands.
  • APU courses are 100% online, allowing students to obtain degrees from anywhere in the world – on their time, their schedules
  • APU offers more than 100 online degrees and certificates in subjects ranging from homeland security to management and liberal arts to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to advance their careers

APU’s tuition is among the lowest in the country for accredited online universities, enabling it to offer quality, accredited degree programs at an affordable price. APU’s overall cost for undergraduate tuition, fees and books is $21 per semester hour less than the average four-year public university (College Board 2009-2010 data)

  • Undergraduate: $750 for a 3 credit course
  • Graduate: $900 for a 3 credit course

Many mothers put their career or education on hold to manage family and household priorities. Coupled with an increasingly competitive job market, one way to stand out from the crowd or kick-start your career is with a specialized degree.

  • The typical expected lifetime earnings of four-year college graduates add up to $800,000 more than those of high school graduates. If college graduates earning higher degrees are included, the lifetime earnings premium is over $1,000,000
  • The typical bachelor’s degree recipient can expect to earn about 61 percent more over a 40-year working life than the typical high school graduate earns over the same period

Check out APU’s live chats, which will allow you to speak with other Moms about their experience going back to school at APU. The first chat is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17 at 8PM EST! Mark your calendar!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of American Public University. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”