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Rose State College in Midwest City Offer Online Programs with Flexibility

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rose State College in Midwest City Offer Online Programs with Flexibility

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Betty Sharrow was a truck driver for 18 years until health problems forced her to find a new profession.

"It was hard on me physically so I was not able to drive a trunk any loner," she said.

Sharrow, who lives in Pauls Valley, decided go back to school to gain skills for a less strenuous profession, but her health problems also made it difficult to her to sit at a desk in a classroom and to get back and forth to a college.

A new online degree program started this fall at Rose State College in Midwest City provided Sharrow a solution to her dilemma. She is now taking an online accounting course.

"I am trying to find something I can do in my home and as long as I can do something I can do with my eyes and my hands I am OK," she said.

Rose State College began offering a few classes online in 1998, and the program developed into the new Internet-based degree program.

Early online offerings included a library technology assistant program and an eight-week nursing class, said Chris Meyer, online coordinator at Rose State.

Other online courses were added from year to year.

"We reached a point where we were offering all of our core courses online," Meyer said. "So we added other courses so we would be well-rounded."

This fall Rose State offers 118 courses online and has 7,068 students. Rose State offers the opportunity to earn associate degrees through the Internet in seven programs. Students can complete requirements for an associate in arts degree in business, English, history, liberal studies and social sciences, and associate in applied science degrees in e-commerce and webmaster and library technical assistant.

"The demand for completing coursework online has been overwhelming," Meyer said.

About 25 percent of Rose State's students are taking at least one course online, he said.

"We receive a lot of feedback from students saying they wouldn't be able to take college courses without the Internet courses," he said. …

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