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Online university allows student to fit learning in around family and work

July 28, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Kess Leake-Campbell is an example of how American Public University System's online approach allows people to get a college education despite a hectic lifestyle.

Leake-Campbell, 45, of Lorton, Va., wanted to get a bachelor's degree after receiving an associate degree at a Massachusetts college, but she said having a family and a full-time job made it tough.

Then Leake-Campbell found American Public University System, where she was able to keep working while studying to get her bachelor's degree in business administration.

Through the online approach, Leake-Campbell was able to study for her degree four hours a night after getting home from work at her job as an intelligence analyst.

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Leake-Campbell obtained her degree in 2005 and now is pursuing a master's degree in strategic intelligence from the school. She hopes to someday work in counterterrorism.

"I have to tell you, it's one of the best things I ever did," Leake-Campbell said.

Besides convenience, there are other advantages of earning degrees through th American Public University System, including the price, said Leake-Campbell.

Textbooks for courses are included in class fees, which were cheaper than other schools around her, Leake-Campbell said.

Students receive a class syllabus when they log in for a course, and they receive reading and essay assignments just like they would at other colleges, Leake-Campbell said.

Students correspond with teachers through online chat rooms and e-mail. Leake-Campbell said she found the interaction with teachers to be superior because you "don't have to wait in line" after a class to talk to them.

Leake-Campbell has convinced others to study at American Public University System, including her husband and her mother-in-law.

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