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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

8 Project Management Courses You Can Take this Winter

If you're interested in exploring a Project Management class during the Winter Term, here's a quick summary of some of the courses being offered. PM 800 (Online, Portsmouth) Project Management Seminar Project Management Seminar is a survey course introducing project management as a profession and an academic field of study. It provides the foundation for more advanced project management courses. It serves as a pre-requisite to other courses in the degree program unless permission is granted...
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Ease "Back to School" Anxiety and Finish Your Degree

There’s a lot of understandable stress that comes with the idea of finishing a degree program. How will you find the time? Can you handle the coursework? How long will it take? Will you be making the right decisions and spending time where it counts? What about your family and job obligations? So many questions and such uncertainty… It's no wonder that many adult students are wary of making the leap into finishing a degree program. It's a big step that can lead to an amazing accomplishment, but...
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Finish college quicker with our 6-week courses

It's a classic struggle... Do I take one course next term so I don't get too overwhelmed?   or Do I take multiple courses so I can finish my degree ASAP? Taking courses one at a time helps a lot of busy, working students find great work/life balance. When you're investing a lot in your education, you want to do well. Why overextend yourself and risk falling short? There is a downside to this approach, and it's an important one. When you take one course per term, finishing college can take a...
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Preparing for your next term taking online classes

With finals a week away, you are starting to think about next term. If have been taking online courses, you already understand the in’s and out’s of what's expected of you. As you prepare for you next term, here are four ways you can up your game as an online student.   Use a profile picture  A profile picture personalizes your posts - it helps students feel like they are in a classroom talking to one of their classmates face-to-face. Think about how you want to be represented in your profile...
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Associate to Bachelor’s: Finishing College in Nashua

“I want to graduate by the time I’m 25.” This was the goal that Jessica set for herself when she began college. I became a mother at the age of 16. I always knew I wanted to attend college. I didn’t think it was possible after getting pregnant at such a young age. Jessica received her associate degree in Human Services at Nashua Community College in 2011. As a human resources administrator at a non-profit organization in Nashua, the degree gave Jessica a great foundation to build her career and...
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4 myths about online learning

Nearly 20 years ago the first online courses were introduced. Ten years ago, you started to hear about people earning their entire degrees online. Today, you probably know a handful of people who are getting a degree online. Yet, there’s still an air of mystery. Even though the benefits of taking online classes are evident, some students think that there still is a catch. Let’s debunk some common misconceptions about online learning: You need to be a computer expert Online learning is about...
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8 fall courses for finishing college quickly

A few weeks ago, we shared the advantages that summer courses offer to you when you’re aiming to power through your degree program quickly. A great way to apply this momentum to the Fall term is by checking out some of our 6-week courses. What is a 6-week course? The full Fall term is 12 weeks long. However, this Fall we will feature a small selection of 6-week courses that run within the regular Fall term. This allows you to take back-to-back 6-week courses, one at a time, within the full Fall...
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Father / Fire Fighter: how taking online classes & credit for career makes the difference

Mike is a third generation fire fighter in the City of Manchester. Mid-way through his career he knew that if he wanted to ascend the ranks, getting his degree was important. He took some hands-on courses in Fire Science at a New Hampshire Community College, which were superb, but he wanted a more versatile degree. He looked into Granite State College for an individualized program that would be tailored to his goals. When my advisor learned that I was a fire fighter during our initial meeting,...
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The real benefits of taking online classes (from our online students!)

If online classes are a mystery to you, you probably have questions about what they’re are really like. Our blog team could certainly put together a fact sheet to help demystify online learning but to really get at the heart of the matter, we went directly to the source: we asked our current online students what they think. Specifically, we wanted to know: what are the benefits of taking online classes? They described what students can expect and explained that the advantages from their...
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