April 2012

  • Online Classes: You Can Study almost Anything Online

    Barry Lenson

    Online Classes: You Can Study almost Anything Online Everyone knows that you can take courses in math, psychology, business, and many other mainstream subjects online. But as America’s infatuation with online learning has grown, it is now possible to study online to prepare for a number of unusual professions too. Here’s a selection of unusual skills that you can learn online – and if you click the links below, you will discover that the courses described are pretty serious  . . . Become an aromatherapist. Even though you cannot smell anything through your computer (unless your hard drive is burning up) you can still take courses online and learn to provide healthful therapy by administering the aromas of flowers and herbs. Y ...

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  • Great College Choices for Returning Servicemen and Women

    Barry Lenson

    Great College Choices for Returning Servicemen and Women On July 8, the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire will host a special “Welcome Home” parade to thank returning American servicemen and women for their service in Iraq.  And from coast to coast, hundreds of organizations are kicking off special projects to make sure that our returning service people and veterans get all the support they need, as well as a heartfelt welcome.  It’s happening in Rockland County, New York,  Brownsburg, Indiana, Houston, Texas, and many other locales. A number of American colleges are joining in too, doing all they can to help veterans return to college after they arrive home. Many of these schools have special counselors who are fully up-to-dat ...

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  • Medical Terminology Made Simple: Hay Fever

    Barry Lenson

    Medical Terminology Made Simple: Hay Fever As a service to students who are thinking of entering the medical and medical support professions, StraighterLine is running short posts on medical terms. Each post will define one medical problem or condition. Today’s medical term is . . . Hay Fever If you’ve been sneezing and wheezing over the last few weeks, chances are you have seasonal allergies, which are commonly referred to as hay fever. The explanation is pretty simple. This is the time of year when many plants – ranging from mighty trees to puny little flowers and grass – start to send out pollen in many regions of the country.  Pollen is essentially powder that plants release as part of their reproductive activities. I ...

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  • Students Share their Opinions of Community College

    Barry Lenson

    Students Share their Opinions of Community College in YouTube Videos If you’re thinking of going to a community college instead of a regular four-year institution, here’s some advice for you.  Why not invest an hour watching videos on Youtube.com in which students describe the pros and cons of attending community colleges? Life at community colleges has become a hot topic on YouTube. You can learn about how much money you could save at a community college, about classes, about what the social scene is like, and more. Here are some videos that we learned from . . . “Four Year University vs. Community College” – In this video, a young man talks honestly about how he saved money by taking his general education courses at a co ...

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  • Scholar of the Month: StraighterLine Student Ben Gribaudo

    Barry Lenson

    Student Profile: StraighterLine Student Ben Gribaudo What kinds of students are motivated to make the most of online education? And how does StraighterLine fit into their educational plans? We found some answers to those questions when we interviewed Ben Gribaudo, a student who used StraighterLine courses to complete his degree at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey. Here’s how Ben explains what he did . . . StraighterLine Blog: How did you find StraighterLine? Why were you looking? Ben Gribaudo: DegreeForum was the site that helped me realize how StraighterLine could fill in holes in my degree plan. Specifically, my degree had a business communications and two accounting requirements that couldn’t be met through CLE ...

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