Working adults are returning to school in record numbers. With college enrollment up for students of all ages, the highest growth rate is within the 25 to 34-year-old range. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that a number of students in the 25 – 34 age group has grown 52 percent from 1998 to 2012 and is projected to grow another 23 percent by 2023.
These students once classified as “non-traditional”, many with families and careers are emerging as the
This article is based on a 2016 interview with Dr. Thomas Stewart, President of Patten University. As an advocate for high quality yet affordable higher education, Dr. Stewart has a unique history and an interesting perspective on enabling students to reach higher educational goals. He became president of Patten University in July 2013, and has since worked with all University stakeholders to maintain accreditation standards and improve educational programs
In this interview, Dr. Stewart shares his passion and his commitment to
Our economy demands skilled and educated professionals. Today’s workforce is increasingly becoming a knowledge economy, with more and more positions requiring specialized degrees. Because of this, it’s no surprise that more and more working adults are making the choice to go back to school and earn a degree while continuing to work.
Here at Patten University, we specialize in providing online education to working adults who are looking to take the next steps in their careers. Many of our students
Technology and the internet have transformed the way modern professionals work and study. More and more people are now working and studying from home. The benefits of this lifestyle are obvious: saving time commuting, having a flexible schedule, and connecting with people and programs without geographical limitations.
Despite the amazing power of online work and study, it isn’t always easy for many people to make the transition from a physical classroom to a digital classroom. Without the pressure of colleagues,
In today’s dynamic and evolving workplace, skills and education are the most important elements of success. That’s why more and more working professionals are choosing to go back to school, invest in themselves, and work towards a better future.
The rise of online college and education opportunities has made adult education more accessible than ever before. To improve your education, it’s no longer necessary to leave your job and attend a physical classroom. Instead, adults can continue to work while
Over the last few years, we’ve seen a rise in the public’s exposure to the entrepreneurial path. The game-changing success of Facebook and other huge internet startups has brought the concept of starting a business into everyone’s mind. Even pop culture is starting to catch on, with shows like HBO’s Silicon Valley creating further awareness and entrepreneurial ambition in many people.
Of course, you don’t need to be Mark Zuckerberg to start a business. Most startups are just the ordinary businesses
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College tuition costs have skyrocketed over the last twenty years, and the accompanying student loan debt has increased dramatically, financially shackling young adult graduates and too often delaying individual dreams. But what happens when an educational company
These days, economic change seems to be happening faster than ever. From the “great recession” of 2008, to the explosion of the IT and social media sectors, and so much more, the working world is always changing.
For many people, these changes can be stressful, and sometimes very difficult. On the other hand, with change often comes opportunity. While some new technologies might make certain jobs obsolete, they also can create new jobs. Workers able to retrain and upgrade their skills
Online education offers amazing opportunities to adults looking to take the next step in their careers. The flexibility and affordability of many online programs allow professionals to go back to school without quitting their jobs or sacrificing their personal lives.
However, not all online college programs truly offer the same educational value as a traditional on-campus program. When you’re researching an online education program, it’s important to verify that your school of choice is accredited.
What does college accreditation actually mean? An
An MBA has traditionally been the path for established professionals to take the next step in their careers. Earning an MBA gives you the business skills, leadership mindset, strategic framework, and networking opportunities needed to develop and grow as a professional.
However, for many working adults, earning an MBA can seem like an impossible task. The rising cost of business school and time commitment needed to complete a traditional MBA are often prohibitive. However, with the growth of the online education