Working military moms and college online?

Sarah - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have been wanting to go back to school for sometime. I am a submariners wife so he is in and out all year. As well i work and I feel as if I am away from my daughter for enough hours out of the week as it is while my hubby is gone. So I was considering doing online classes. I was just wondering if anyone else had done the online classes, and if they seemed to have the time to make it work and how they felt the actual online class experience was? thanks for your input.

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Tah - posted on 02/15/2010

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like teresa i have been taking classes online, you have a deadline..i usually try to get them done early..not always but i try..be careful because you doing alot on your own but take it from some people who have done it...pace yourself and remember deadlines...best wishes...

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Cheri - posted on 02/22/2010

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Earlier I mentioned the MyCAA funding, apparently there is another posting about the funds being temporarily unavailable at this time. Just wanted to bring this to your attention. Not sure when the funds will be made available again. Will keep you posted if I get any word on it. Sorry about that.

Cheri - posted on 02/22/2010

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Sarah,

I started taking online classes in November of 2005. It took me about a year to get my Associates' degree in Business Administration through American Intercontinental University. They had a great program at the time; a close friend of mine is an Army spouse who started with the AA program and I believe is now nearing the end of the Masters' program with AIU also.

I loved the work environment with taking online classes. I've also had my fair share of experiences with the traditional college environment. It really depends on what your strengths and weaknesses are. I found that taking college math courses online were rather difficult, but I've always had some degree of difficulty when it came to math courses over the years. If you need more hands on help and find it easier to learn certain concepts in a tradiitonal course setting that is the way to go.

I would suggest finding a school that offers both traditional and distance/online learning programs like your local community college. For one thing it's cheaper and you can take courses online or in the classroom based on your needs.

Currently I'm enrolled in a Medical Transcription training program that is also based online. So far, so good.

Also, don't forget to look into the MyCAA DOD funding program for Milspouses. They will pay $6K in tuition and fees toward your education. The current Medical Transcription program I am doing includes their materials in with their tuition and it was affordable enough that I still have a little more than $2K to put toward my BA should I choose to go for that later.

I've found that juggling work, family, social activities, and school was very easy. Many online programs allow you to do your work on your time without having to show up at a certain time for webinars, etc. There are always deadlines, however.

My hubby recently finished his first 2 online courses with Coastline Community College. They offer free textbooks to military spouses for their courses and I believe the MyCAA funding can be applied. Check with your schools financial aid program or review the listing of approved programs at Military One Sources' MyCAA program link for an idea of what schools are already receiving such funding for their programs. My hubby found it difficult at first to juggle his military work schedule with two classes, but after awhile he got the hang of it. He's taking a break at the moment to prep for his advancement exams in March, but will be at it again the next semester.

There are also tons of military spouse scholarships out there, but the process is very competitive. Whatever you decide and whichever program you choose, best of luck to you! :D

Jess - posted on 02/22/2010

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I think it really depends on the instructor, school, and course you are enrolled in. If you are not a science orientated person adn you decide to chase a BS you may want to re-think an online chemistry course. And as a always it depends on your time management skills. If you are disorganized and always wait until the last minute then you should probably not do classes online.

Angela - posted on 02/20/2010

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It is hard, but not impossible. You have to be self motivated. I went through Excelsior College for my BS and I am going through Oregon State University for my MS. Excelsior was very military friendly. I had a great experience with them. Oregon State isn't as much, but they are still great for distance learners. Good luck!!

Amanda - posted on 02/18/2010

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I took online classes for a few semesters when I was trying to get my BA. I liked it but you definately cant procrastinate. I had that problem and it makes it so much more stressful. But it didnt seem much different than going to classes on a campus. When had group work to do and class discussions and things like that just like we would do in a regular class, so I would recommend online classes if you arent a procrastiantor like I am :) Also I agree with Suzette. I attended Everest and I wont go back. I did get my AA and BA from there but it left me with a bad experience. Their financial aid advisors werent helpful at all. They messed up my financial aid at the beginning of my AA and was still having problems with that mess up throughout my BA. I am still waiting to get my degree from them for my BA 2 yrs after I graduated b/c of their mess up...but I think I wil be getting it in the next few weeks. Good luck with school and avoid Everest College if you want to avoid unnecessary problems.

Danielle - posted on 02/18/2010

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Sarah- I take classes online and work too. Matter of fact I am in the military myself (Army) and so is my husband. We have a lovely son that we take take of too. But I find that taking the online classes are so much easier because you can do them at your pace and anytime when you have the spare time to do it. Yes you still have your dead lines that not shit the work has to be turned it but you can also work ahead to other sections to if you know you will be out of town or have something very important to do. And with me being military it is alot of work but I am able to handle it all with no problems and I have not failed any of my classes and I have taken 5 and 3 more to go before I graduate.

Suzette - posted on 02/17/2010

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I'm with Christina, I'm starting with University of Phoenix. They're military friendly, they will help you with anything and everything through enrollment, and so far I'm loving the programs. I haven't started yet, but the people are definitely a step up from the last online college I was attending. For those looking at online colleges, don't attend Everest. I went there and it was ... well, let's just say that the Professor's don't follow the rules the college sets forth, and neither does the college for that matter. Not until you tell them you're leaving, then they're all about keeping you (for the $$$ of course) and they'll try anything in their power to keep you there. It didn't work for me. :) I'm in the process of enrolling in Phoenix. I've heard great success stories from friends that have gone there. ;)

Shannon - posted on 02/15/2010

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I am currently taking classes at AMU, American Military University. They are a good school, well accredited, and military friendly. (as if the name doesn't kinda say that. LOL) I have been doing well, and I enjoy the online experience. You can interact with your classmates, and get excellent feedback from the professors. Well worth the time and effort. Only a year to go for my BA...WooT! Good luck!!

C. - posted on 02/15/2010

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Well my husband is doing online classes through the University of Phoenix and I will be starting that whenever I get my GED/Diploma. So far my husband loves it. He can work on it when he has the time and it has been a great help for him since he is currently deployed- it helps pass the time, that's for sure. Even though I haven't started online classes yet, I agree with Teresa. Start with 2 classes and stick with it. If you do too much it will be overwhelming and you won't know where to begin. Good luck to you!!!

Teresa - posted on 02/15/2010

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I first started taking online classes when I was in the Army. I have since gotten out, but am still taking most of my classes online. I will be graduating with my Bachelor's in Accounting this December. As long as you can get your assignments done when they are due, and don't procrastinate (yea, I have a few times), it works great. I do not recommend taking more than 2 classes at a time, I've been taking 4 and it gets stressful with working full time.Stick with 2 classes at the most and you can definitely do it and still have time for your daughter. I must admit that there have been a few classes which I might have been better off taking in person, but for the most part I have done quite well.

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