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Chaminade University sees record interest in online college classes

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In the midst of a recovering national and local economy, with limited to modest growth in employment opportunities, students and professionals alike are turning to online education for its flexibility, convenience and networking opportunities to advance their careers.

More than 30 percent of the 21 million college students in the U.S. are taking at least one online course, and this trend is even more prevalent locally. In the last few years, Chaminade University has increased the number of online classes it offers and reports that almost half of its graduate students are now taking at least one online class.

To keep up with the growing demand, Chaminade has recently launched its Online MBA program to enable students to earn their MBA without ever setting foot in a classroom.

This option can be ideal for students who are working while going to school, located on a neighbor island, or in the military. By taking two classes each term, the program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

“The convenience and flexibility of Chaminade’s online classes can’t be beat,” said Carl Guhl, regional general manager for Golden State Foods and a graduate of Chaminade’s MBA program.

Guhl took six online classes as part of his MBA program. “I went back to school while continuing to work full-time. Midway through my MBA program, my company transferred me to the mainland. Online classes enabled me to finish my Chaminade degree and not to have to transfer to another university. The technology was very easy to use, and I was able to interact with my instructors and fellow students and build my network.”

Chaminade’s MBA Program accepts new students four times per year. All students may take both online and on-campus MBA classes. As part of the Online MBA program launch, Chaminade will waive the application fee for all who apply to the Online MBA between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2013.

The launch of the online MBA follows Chaminade’s launch last year of Hawaii’s first fully accredited online teaching and education degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

“Online classes are a priority for us here at Chaminade, and further expansion is underway,” said Michael Fassiotto, Ph.D., associate provost and director of graduate services. “Learning doesn’t have to take place in a traditional classroom. In fact, online classes can allow even greater collaboration and give us the opportunity to connect students with speakers and other resources beyond Hawaii.”

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