Online Division

No time for self-pity

by Nyla on October 17, 2013

Given the choice of rolling over or digging in when things get tough, Valerie Coe is going to grab a shovel. And it is that kind of tenacity that got her through some very difficult times over the last year. As a Nuclear Decontamination Technician, Valerie spent a lot of time on the road. It

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Far away voices find support

by Nyla on October 1, 2013

It would seem that the faceless nature of online classes would make it hard for students and instructors to connect. Where’s the eye contact, the facial and body expressions and the intimacy of sharing space? Who can feel heard from such distances, both geographic and physical? Online General Ed instructor, Emily Ware has figured it

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A quiet voice grows strong

by Nyla on September 30, 2013

For the longest time, the only voice of encouragement Ashley Schwarz heard was that one deep inside her. “You’ve got to be better,” it said. Ashley lost each of her parents before she was ready to be on her own and, without siblings, her lone inner voice was the only one pushing her forward. Ashley

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Student is a triple threat to other job applicants

by Nyla on September 24, 2013

Online student, Ola Petty, is on fire with her career education. It wasn’t enough for her that she enrolled in and completed the Clinical Medical Assisting certificate program, then extended her commitment in the program to earn her A.S. degree. She decided to re-up and enrolled in the Medical Office Administration certificate program, just to

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Economic crunch forces big decisions

by Nyla on June 5, 2013

In 2008 Mike Mattingly and his wife Tabatha were enjoying the good life in Phoenix, AZ. Mike was earning a good salary working for a civil engineering firm with all the perks. Then, whoosh, it was gone. The economic crunch hit them hard. It was a time when businesses were downsizing aggressively and Mike was

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The Power of One

by Nyla on May 22, 2013

Ever wanted to so something, but just couldn’t find the motivation?  Couldn’t get yourself out of your comfortable routine? Wanda Robinson had worked for some time in the physician’s office of a large hospital in GA, but wanted to qualify for a management position and the salary increase that came with promotion. Her friend and

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You’re Not in High School Anymore

by Nyla on May 14, 2013

Shena Reid wasn’t sure she would do very well in college-level classes, when she considered enrolling in the Online Clinical Medical Assisting certificate program. It had been a dozen years since she graduated from high school and thought it would only get harder, as so much time had passed since she was a student. “I

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A Life-long Learner Keeps His Promise

by Nyla on May 7, 2013

When Bill Lennon dropped out of high school his junior year to take over his Dad’s dry wall business after his Dad fell and broke his neck, Bill made two important promises to himself: He would one day go back and finish high school and eventually go on to get a college degree. On his

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Small Town Limits Career Choices

by Nyla on April 10, 2013

With a population of around 12,000, Blackfoot, Idaho doesn’t have a lot to offer in terms of employment opportunities. “The best job I could hope for was WalMart or the bank; we have a lot of banks but they don’t pay much,” says SJVC medical assisting student Monica Verlanic. “We have a couple of grocery

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