When I started college in 1992 the Internet was in its infancy. Getting online meant dialing through a phone line, and it disconnected every time someone called me on the phone. Online courses were still several years away, but they would have been invaluable to me. I was a young single mother trying to balance a full time college course load that began when my son was just five weeks old. It was challenging but if I thought it was tough going to school with an infant, I was completely unprepared for raising a toddler as a full time college student. I eventually split up my course load and took an extra year to graduate, which cost me another year of tuition. It was hard, but it was worth it because a college education opens doors.


Even though I graduated and I’m proud of my accomplishments, I wish that online learning had been available to me. I would have been able to balance a job and my schoolwork, and I could have worked on my own (and my son’s) schedule. My son is grown now and he’s going to college. He is working and paying his way through school with a job he gained by completing an online course first. It is great that kids today have these options, and that working adults like myself can further our education through online learning.

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Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning recognizes our changing times and offers online programs, new options for learning and opportunities for people of all ages. Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning offers over 57 programs and 590 courses from trades to traditional academics, certificates to bachelor and graduate degrees, academic as well as professional career paths. All these degrees are available in a variety of flexible formats, including print-based and web-based, online and in-person. All the courses are fully accredited and recognized by other post-secondary institutions. This means that you can take a course with Thompson Rivers University and transfer the credit to another school. These students share their experiences with Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning.

It is easy to register for an Open Learning course at Thompson Rivers University. You simply choose a course, enter your information and pay the fees. You don’t need to supply a high school transcript or meet a certain GPA, which means that anyone can register.

I was able to take a look at one of the Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning courses and get an idea of how it all works. The Open Learning Faculty Member for my course sent me an email to give me some course information and to offer her assistance if I needed it. I learned that I can also speak to other students taking the course, so I won’t ever feel like I’m taking this course alone. There is extensive support from the Thompson Rivers University faculty to ensure that students will meet their educational and career goals.

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This type of post-secondary education is perfect for students who are raising families or working full time. If it had been available when I was in college I could have spent more time with my son and earned a larger income while getting my diploma.

You can learn more about Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning at the #TRUOpen Twitter Party on October 9th, 2014 from 7-7:30 pm EST. Click here to learn more. Also, don’t forget to follow @sheblogsmedia on Twitter to join their retweet to win contest from October 9, 2014 – October 16, 2014.

Although this post has been generously sponsored by Thompson Rivers University, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Thompson Rivers University.



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