Education Works Well for Women
- By day, she's a billing analyst for her local
electric company. By night, Heather Morel, 29,
of Minneapolis, is a wife, mother and student.
Not at her local university, but at Capella, an
accredited online university.
have a full time job and two young children,"
says Morel. "There's no way I could pursue
my MBA - which I need to get ahead in the business
I'm in - if I had to go downtown every week and
sit through a class. With online learning, I do
all my course work at home when the kids are asleep.
Leslie-Patton, 38, of Birmingham, sings praise
for online learning too. "There's no way
I could have earned my Ph.D. in organization and
management, which was critical to the advancement
of my career, if I'd been tied down to a classroom,"
and Morel are among a growing number of women
who've discovered that online learning is a great
way to earn the credentials they need to reach
their career goals.
have so much to juggle these days, between their
jobs, families and social lives. For many working
adults, sitting through a class on campus one
or two nights a week is impossible. With online
learning, students can log into the course room
wherever and whenever it fits into their lives,"
says Mike Offerman, president of Capella University.
of the best things about online learning is it
offers you flexibility," says Morel. "You
can get your work done any time you have an hour
or two to spare."
log on, all the learner needs is a computer and
an Internet connection, and in a wired economy
that is getting easier to do. "I did the
majority of my coursework online in hotel rooms
while traveling the country on business,"
says Leslie-Patton, who owns and operates a crisis
management consulting business.
people tell us the thing they like best about
online learning is the flexibility, but that's
just one of the many benefits," says Offerman.
traditional college campuses, services are spread
out. Students have to spend a lot of time going
from place to place to register, buy their books,
visit financial aid, and the library. It all takes
time that working adults don't have to spare.
At Capella, it's one-stop shopping.
the unique Internet portal that we call iGuide,
learners will find the admissions office, financial
aid office, writing center, book store, library
and more all in one place," says Offerman.
"We have spent ten years building and refining
our online services to meet the needs of working
liked the fact that I could simply pick up the
phone or email the librarian at Capella, ask for
the materials I needed to complete a paper, then
have them mailed to me the same day," says
Leslie-Patton. "Everything about the learning
experience was very convenient."
offers certificates, bachelor's, master's and
doctoral degrees. Faculty who teach in Capella's
Schools of Business, Education, Human Services,
Psychology and Technology are as diverse as the
student body. "They live throughout the country,
and like our students, come from every conceivable
practice area," says Offerman.
faculty members bring both academic and real-world
experience, and specific training to teach online.
"Every professor I've worked with has been
able to replicate a campus feel online,"
says Morel. "I may not have been sitting
in a classroom, but I definitely developed a sort
of camaraderie with my fellow students."
is about half-way through her program now, and
is already seeing a payoff. She recently applied
for two management positions at her company and
says she never would have considered pursuing
these types of jobs before. "Thanks to all
I've learned about negotiation and people skills,
I think I have a good shot at both of them,"
used to have to look for opportunities, now that
I have a Ph.D., they find me," says Leslie-Patton.
more information about Capella University log
on to www.capellauniversity.edu
or call (888) CAPELLA to speak with an admissions
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