Everything has changed because of the Internet, and there has been no greater impact from this change than on students in the United States and the degrees and certificates that are available to be earned. In the past, if there was a subject that a person wanted to learn but he/she was not living close to the school that taught the subject, he/she was out of luck. Nothing could be done to earn a degree in a subject or vocation that was of interest. Now, with the Internet, vocational schools, colleges and universities are offering programs online to teach you whatever you want to learn.
What this means is that people living in any small town or city in the country can learn the subject of their choice. If the local university does not have the program you want, you can go online and find one that does. This is true with four-year bachelor degrees as well as graduate degrees such as a master’s degree or a doctorate. A person may have a good four-year college near their home, but they have no opportunity to participate in a graduate program unless they intend to relocate. Many people have jobs and want to get a graduate degree on their own schedule. Now, in the age of the Internet, a person can work full-time and work on their graduate degree on their own schedule. In addition, they can do it with a prestigious university that may be halfway across the country.
Another great thing about school education on the Internet is the opportunity to earn two-year associate programs. There are many great two-year degree programs that can lead a person down a path of robust career opportunities, but a local two-year community college may not have the specific program that a student is looking for. Every subject that exists for a two-year degree can be learned online. This is a critical area because there are many outstanding specialty areas that there is a demand for but they do not fit readily into a four-year degree program.
The area of certificates is wide open. There are many entry-level jobs that only require a certificate that takes a few weeks to earn. A good example is that of a phlebotomist. This is the person in the healthcare field that draws blood. It is a great entry-level position; the training program leads to a certificate and the skill needed to begin a career in healthcare.