Earning a Degree at a Continuing Education College

A continuing education college is a school or university that caters to nontraditional students. These students can be full-time working professionals looking for an advanced degree, parents who started college years ago and are now ready to go back, and adult students who have never taken a college class in their life. A continuing college caters to these individuals by offering flexible courses.

For example, a continuing education college may offer both daytime and evening classes so that students that work during the day can take their classes at night, and students that have babysitters during the day can take their classes in the mornings or afternoons. Another popular option that is available at a continuing education college might be online classes -- classes that occur over the Internet and can be attended anytime that the student has time. This is often the best option for students who have to work full-time and take care of a family. They can do their schoolwork at night after they've put their kids to bed and finished their work for the day.

There are also different types of continuing education colleges. Some specialize in awarding career diplomas. Career diplomas are designed to substitute experience in trade jobs. For example, someone may want to go into carpentry but doesn't have the necessary experience. This person could earn a career diploma and substitute their education for experience. Many of these trade colleges offer associate degree programs as well. Students with an associate's degree can pursue positions in fields such as business, information technology, and health care.

Other continuing education colleges offer bachelor's, professional, and graduate degrees. These schools will often offer a variety of class schedules and online courses in order to cater to working professionals. Students of these schools will be able to pursue their current careers as well as earn a higher degree in order to advance within their current occupation or obtain a new one.

One last type of continuing education college offers educational certificates. Educational certificates are offered at graduate and undergraduate levels and typically offer education in the form of one specific area. Where a degree may offer a broad education in information technology as a whole, a certificate generally offers education on a specific area of information technology, like web design.

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