According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Condition of Education 2009, more than half of students enrolled full-time in college were also employed. More than 20 percent of students employed full-time worked 20 to 34 hours per week, and as many as 10 percent
worked 35 or more hours per week.
In post-secondary education today, there is no longer a significant number of “traditional” students. The majority of students must balance work and life demands with academic pursuit, and our institutions of higher education do not provide the flexibility these students need in order to succeed. Increasingly, students are migrating from four-year campuses with traditional structures to community colleges and “Lifelong Learning” programs that provide the
credit they need as well as the flexibility they must have.
Continuing education is poised at the brink of a shift of mammoth proportion as the changing society makes unrelenting demands on the delivery of education to American workers.
There are various formats that are being adapted for the delivery of credit through continuing education.
Some of these include:
- Degree-completion programs
- Work-based qualifications and workplace learning
- “Stackable” certificates
- Part-time, evening, weekend and summer courses
- Online courses and certificates
- Accelerated degree programs