Woods Online Draws "Older" Students

Woods Online Draws "Older" Students

Around 68 percent of undergraduate online students are over the age of 25-years-old, and official say there's a good reason why. It's been named as one of the best online programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and the 40 year Woods Online is still going strong.
Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods College is being recognized as having one of the top online programs in the country for "older" students.
   
Around 68 percent of undergraduate online students are over the age of 25-years-old, and official say there's a good reason why.

It's been named as one of the best online programs in the country by  U.S. News and World Report, and the 40 year Woods Online is still going strong.
   
Students from 33 different states are enrolled many who are looking for a different kind of classroom setting.

"They are working, they have children, so we know how to deal with those issues and life experiences, but yet make a successful educational environment for them," said Dr. Janet Clark, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

And that's a selling point that is attracting more and more students over the age of 25.
   
Suzanne Pennington enrolled in the psychology program because she knew she need a degree, but didn't have time to spend in a classroom.

"It's something that would work well with my lifestyle, I checked into the program and found that it was very flexible and I was able to keep up with my daughter while still attending classes," said Suzanne.

And with an ever changing job market, officials say they expect that number to rise.
   
"Adults realize it's necessary to have the baccalaureate degree to move ahead in their job, or find a different job. You hear that nationally, the federal government is stressing post secondary education all around," said Clark.

And the Woods Online offers something that many distance learning programs don't, internships.

"That is probably unusual for an online program to have that resource, and one that we know really works," said Clark.

Suzanne added: "Just be able to go out into the community and put some of the things into action and get that on-the-job training situation."

The program also lets local students take one class a year on campus, if you might need some one-on-one attention.

"You can make it then or whoever you are. Because we have faculty and we're small, and the faculty are small, we get to know our student even though there in an online program," said Clark.

For more information about the Woods Online program click here.
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