As technology continues to advance, enrollment in online community (two-year) colleges continues to increase. A 2006 study found that roughly 1 in 6 students that were enrolled in higher education took at least one online course in 2005. Determining the best online community college is a subjective process, as it depends on what you are looking for. However, the advantages of enrolling in an online community college are clear and include lower cost and increased flexibility.
Axia College of University of Phoenix
Axia College, a division of University of Phoenix, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Axia College allows you to earn your degree online and even take some classes at one of more than 200 campuses nationwide. Moreover, the school offers an online University Library, Center for Mathematics Excellence, and Center for Writing Excellence. For those concerned about using a computer to take classes, Axia College boasts a technical support team dedicated to helping you every step of the way.
Harrison College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Harrison College has been around for over 107 years and has over 75,000 graduated. According to Harrison College, roughly 92 percent of these students who graduate from the online program go on to land jobs within a year of graduation. Finally, Harrison College boasts a small class size of roughly 16 students. Thus, even though you are taking courses online, you will feel connected to your classmates and professors.
Penn Foster College
Penn Foster College, an innovator in distance learning, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. Founded in 1890, the school educated students through use of phonographs and paper-based courses. In 2000, the school began offering online programs, including medical transcription, medical billing, and PC repair. Students are able to exchange idea online with instructors and fellow classmates through the online chat rooms and message boards. Moreover, students at Penn Foster College are allowed to work at their own pace, taking as long as they need to complete a particular program.
Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.