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Online education programs help schools attract new students

Online education programs help schools attract new students

Wednesday, May, 17, 2017 12:05PM

The increasing popularity of online college courses has helped propel some schools to national prominence.

For example, a Virginia-based Christian college is the eighth-largest, four-year college in the U.S., according to Department of Education statistics. The institution's enrollment total has skyrocketed due, in large part, to its online education programs. Last year, the university was ranked 25th on the federal department's list.

Between 2009 and 2010, enrollment in the university's online school expanded from 36,740 to 51,478. According to college officials, the online college degree programs have 54,278 students this spring.

The school also has plans to expand their web-based offerings, including bilingual programs for the growing population of Hispanic students.

Individuals who are fluent in multiple languages may consider pursuing a career as an interpreter or translator. Employment opportunities in this field are projected to increase by about 22 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This forecast is based on the increasing number of non-English speaking people living in the U.S. 

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