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eLearning Poll--50% of Prospective Students Have Taken On...

According to survey results released by eLearners.com today, 50 percent of prospective online students have already taken an online course and are considering additional online education. Participants in the May Aslanian eLearning Poll responded to a variety of questions related to their motivations and interest in online college courses. The results indicate that prospective students who have taken online courses are satisfied with the non-classroom based format. “It was intriguing to us to see that 50 percent of the participants of our May poll had experienced online instruction and were back for more and that 50 percent had no direct experience with online education but were now searching for online programs,” said Carol Aslanian, adult education expert and Senior Vice President of Aslanian Market Research, which conducted the Aslanian eLearning Poll with eLearners.com. “The findings would suggest that the online learning explosion will continue. Prospective students have either had a positive experience or they believe it could be a good alternative to a campus-based program. Often for busy working adults it comes down to flexibility and convenience, which makes online programs attractive.” The Poll also found that prospective online learners most often search for a degree program (70 percent) versus online certificate programs, licensing programs or individual online classes. 53 percent of respondents were interested in graduate level study, such as an online masters degree program, and 47 percent were interested in online undergraduate programs at the bachelor’s level. The Aslanian eLearning Poll was conducted during May 2011 and respondents represented a sample of prospective online learners who registered with eLearners.com during the month. The complete results of the May survey are available at http://www.educati ondynamics.com/Mar ket-Research/Poll/ May-2011.aspx. For more information about online courses and degree programs, prospective students should visit elearners.com, or for tips and advice related to online education, they should go to the Back to School Survival Guide at http://www.elearne rs.com/back-to-sch ool/.  (Jun 15, 2011 | post #1)

Flagstaff, AZ

Congressman and Former U.S. Attorney Address CollegeAmeri...

Graduates from CollegeAmerica Flagstaff took one more step toward successful careers and meeting their life goals when they accepted their diplomas on Saturday, June 4 at the du Bois Center. The class of 2011, at 115 graduates, is the largest the Flagstaff campus has ever seen. The program commenced with special keynote speeches from Congressman Paul Gosar and former U.S. Attorney Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman to hold the position in Arizona. “At a time of uncertainty for our nation’s economy and our children’s future, it is so inspiring to be here today. Here before me, I see a group of diverse, vibrant people who have undertaken a vigorous effort to equip themselves with an invaluable tool: continued education,” said Congressman Gosar in his remarks to the graduates. The graduates earned degrees in computer technology and networking, medical specialties, and health care administration. This was the first year the campus had graduates who earned their Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. The campus began offering the program in January 2009. Campus Director Suzanne Scales also spoke, talking about the challenges the class had overcome. Ms. Scales spoke to her graduates about the strength gained from adversity and how the challenges they overcame while earning their degrees have helped them become more competitive individuals. One of the graduates is twenty-two-year-ol d Brandon Henderson, who earned an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Medical Specialties. After being laid off from his previous job, Henderson wanted to pursue his dream of entering the medical field. He chose CollegeAmerica Flagstaff because of the pace and convenience of the classes. “My teachers helped me through the tough times and helped me excel,” said Henderson. “I gained a new beginning to life, a sense of purpose, and friends.” Henderson is currently working at Flagstaff Medical Center as a pharmacy technician, where he was hired after completing his externship. He hopes to go back to school in the near future to further his career in the medical field. The ceremony also highlighted staff member Cathy Romeo. Ms. Romeo is an associate professor at the campus and was honored with a medal for her nine years of service to the school. A new class of future graduates will enroll in their degree programs beginning June 20 and July 18. For more information about CollegeAmerica and the degree programs it offers, visit www.collegeamerica .edu.  (Jun 13, 2011 | post #1)

Boise, ID

Stevens-Henager College Salutes Idaho’s Heroes in Healthcare

Stevens-Henager College announced today its sponsorship of the 2011 Idaho Business Review Health Care Heroes awards program. As a leader in the education and training of students for careers in healthcare, Stevens-Henager College takes pride in sponsoring an event that acknowledges Idaho healthcare organizations and individuals in the healthcare industry. Stevens-Henager College offers several healthcare degree programs, including healthcare administration, medical specialties, nursing administration, and respiratory therapy. “We are thrilled to be the premier sponsor of this year’s Health Care Heroes awards program and join in recognizing those dedicated individuals who tirelessly serve the health needs of our community,” said Danielle Horras, associate director at Stevens-Henager College, Boise. “As health educators, we recognize the immense value that this industry provides to the state of Idaho. Just as we support our students in their education and careers, we want to support and honor healthcare professionals.” As part of the school’s Health Care Heroes sponsorship, Stevens-Henager College representatives will be at the Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing conference on June 17 and the Idaho Healthcare Association-Idaho Center for Assisted Living convention on July 19. Now in its sixth year, the Health Care Heroes awards program was developed by the Idaho Business Review to acknowledge Idaho healthcare organizations and individuals involved within the healthcare industry. The program was developed to recognize and honor the many contributors to the industry, from hospitals, doctors and nurses, community outreach programs, volunteers, and more. Judges consider submitted evidence of a nominee’s effectiveness, including testimonials from superiors, peers, patients, and administrators. Stevens-Henager College has branch locations in Boise, Idaho Falls (branch of CollegeAmerica Flagstaff), and Nampa that offer degree programs. The college also has a College Education Center in Mountain Home that provides support to students enrolled in online programs offered by its Salt Lake City/Murray affiliate in Utah. Approximately 650 students in the state of Idaho are enrolled in one of the college’s business, graphic arts, healthcare, and information technology degree programs.  (Jun 6, 2011 | post #1)