Meet a Typical Online Learning Student
Celeste Aberle is the perfect example of your everyday online learning student. At 32, this North Dakota single mom works as a Certified Nursing Assistant by day and takes courses via the Internet at night for her degree in nursing. Because her local community college is more than an hour away, Internet learning is her only option at getting her degree.
“The college is too far to drive to right now, being I work and have three kids to take care of," she said. “But once I am in the nursing program, I will have to start going there a few times a week."1
Aberle is taking her General Education requirements for her nursing degree, and juggles six credit hours plus all of her other responsibilities. Why does she do it? “I want to make a better life financially for myself and my kids," she said.
Aberle’s situation is not atypical. In fact, according to the report released in July 2012, “Online College Students 2012: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences," the average online student attends part-time, lives within 100 miles of the physical campus, prefers online learning’s flexible schedule and is motivated by career advancement.2