Online Education for Military Officials

When military officials return home from active duty, they may find difficulty entering the workforce. A postsecondary education can help an individual obtain a job, but attending classes on a traditional campus can be time-consuming. Fortunately, some online colleges are providing veterans with new opportunities to earn degrees at their own pace.

Recently, Ashworth College announced that it has joined the Student Veterans of America (SVA) roster of campus chapters. The educational institution offers more than 115 online degree programs for distance learners who wish to earn a postsecondary education from home. As a part of SVA, Ashworth’s goal is to provide veteran students with the support they need to obtain a degree through a series of internet-based courses.

“Because our students mostly interact online, we find that they are highly organized and highly committed to the success of student organizations compared to their traditional campus-based counterparts,” said Rodney Butler, Ashworth’s SVA Chapter faculty advisor. “The only real difference is that instead of holding regular meetings in an on-campus classroom, our members will meet in chat rooms.”

The average salary for students who graduated with bachelor’s degrees or higher in 2008 was $45,000 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Education.