Congratulations are in order for actor Mark Wahlberg who just announced that he is the proud graduate of the Class of 2013 after getting his high school diploma online.
Wahlberg explains that he dropped out of school in the ninth grade under difficult circumstances, and is reaching out to other high school dropouts, or potential dropouts, through his charity, the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, to give kids a brighter future by helping them stay in school.
Wahlberg describes himself as lucky, “Most high school dropouts don’t end up with successful careers in Hollywood,” he says, but Wahlberg still wanted to set a good example about the importance of education to both his own children and to struggling teens in general. “I was fortunate to find out I could attend high school online.” he writes in a blog he penned for the Huffington Post, and he encourages others to do the same.
We at StudentAdvisor agree with Mark Wahlberg. Education has the power to change lives and lift people out of difficult circumstances, and the power of online learning is helping more people than ever to realize their educational goals, not just for high school, but for post-high school degree programs as well.
MOOCs, or massive open online courses are a good example of the extensive reach online learning can have. These free online courses allow students to take college and college-level classes from top universities the world over while exchanging ideas with thousands of other students in international digital classrooms.
Colleges and universities are also harnessing the power of online learning both on and off campus as they offer their students more ways to earn their college diplomas. Many schools now allow their students to mix and match on-campus and online classes so they can easily graduate on time, or even accelerate their degrees. It is also becoming more popular to offer hybrid classes that involve a combination of learning in both the classroom and online.
Online learning may also help to drive skyrocketing tuition costs back down as new business models emerge to compete with traditional colleges.The most recent online colleges to open its “doors” (perhaps I should say portals?) is Mount Washington College which is low-cost business degrees in the neighborhood of $6,000 to attract students to its programs.
So whether you’re looking to earn a high school diploma, college degree, professional certificate, or you just love learning in general, there are lots of online options available and we invite you to visit StudentAdvisor to gather information and begin your journey!
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( *Image above from http://www.markwahlbergyouthfoundation.com/ )