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The Rise of the Scholar Mom

Evelyn Turner's children were getting older. Ashley was four and Kevin had just turned eight. She worked at a bank as a performance testing consultant, but something was nagging her. She wanted to provide a bit more for her family and their future. She decided to enroll in a graduate online program. She thought, "This way, I can enhance my career but still retain time for the kids when they need me and monitor family activity around the house."

Why enhance?
When Evelyn noticed that all the new hires had Master's degrees, she began to question her own job security in the human resources office. "Would I really need that extra edge to get hired again if I were looking for a job?" she wondered. That’s when she decided that an online degree was the answer. For her schedule as a mother working full-time along with rising fuel prices, it was almost the only sensible choice.

"The online learning program transformed not only me but my entire department," Evelyn explains. "The lessons were practical, so I began applying them in the workplace the week after I completed a lesson. It was like night and day." Her department’s efficiency and morale improved exponentially. Everyone relied on her so much for information and education to improve their workflow that she was promoted.

How did she do it?
Because online degree programs are so cost-efficient and flexible to the user’s needs, Evelyn was able to devote the hours of 8 p.m. to midnight to her studies. Although it wasn’t a breeze, the flexibility really put the wind beneath her wings when she needed free time at odd moments. She even got to attend most of her kids' soccer games and swim meets.

Making the grade
Upon completion of her Master of Science degree with a 3.6 GPA, Evelyn was promoted to Senior National Employee Development Manager. "I couldn’t have done it this successfully without a comprehensive online program that let me do so much in so little time. Online learning changed everything for me."

Evelyn’s example is becoming more common today. How common? The National Center for Education tells us:
• Total enrollment in all distance learning courses across the United States has more than doubled from 1995 to 2006 (754,000 to 1.9 million).

But it’s not only your modern technical colleges and well-funded community colleges that are offering online learning courses.
• The proportion of four-year colleges offering online programs grew from 84 percent to 90 percent in 2005 and will expand even further in years to come.

Now, more than ever, there’s no need to let the fear of something new hinder your professional growth. You can be a scholar mommy and do it your way, on your time by earning an online degree.

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