Ed

Ed is 47 and works as a shipping supervisor for ACME Transportation...

Ed is 47 and works as a shipping supervisor for ACME Transportation. Ed has been in the trucking business his entire life. Ed’s dad was a long-haul trucker. After graduating from high school, Ed enrolled in a truck driving school to get his commercial license. He drove for 6 years with a local delivery service then Ed bought his own rig and drove as an independent operator for another 10 years. Ed and his wife have been married for 20 years and have three kids. Tired of being away from his family, Ed started at ACME 10 years ago unloading trucks and worked his way up to supervisor. ACME has promised Ed a promotion if he completes an online 2-year degree in management. ACME told Ed they would even pay for his classes and want him to get started right away. Ed hasn’t been a classroom since he was a teenager and he only uses a computer for his job – in fact, Ed doesn’t like computers very much. Ed has always wanted to go to college so this looks like the kick in the pants he needs to get going! Unfortunately, Ed isn’t sure how to get started.

Ed thought about what was worrying him and made a list. Here’s what he came up with . . .
  1. How long will it take me to get a 2-year degree?
  2. Do I have to sit in a classroom or can I do everything online?
  3. Do people really have time to work their job, attend classes, and still have a life?
  4. I’ve learned a lot in my job, does that count for anything?
  5. What will this cost me?
  6. How do I even get started?

The first thing Ed did was to contact one of the Student Success Coaches in the KCTCS Learn on Demand Program. He learned a lot.

A 2-year or Associates Degree in Management typically takes about 3 years to complete.

All of the classes can be taken online. The only thing Ed had to do in person was to take the Compass assessment test. The test showed Ed that he needed to take a class in English to get him ready for college level classes.

Most people attending an online class spend 4-6 hours per week participating in the class and doing any follow up assignments. With the kids grown and on their own, Ed figured he could put in that many hours.

Do I have to sit in a classroom or can I do everything online?

Learn on Demand Courses are completely online. There are specific instances, depending upon the student’s program such as Nursing (Clinicals) and Math (some proctored testing) instances that require the student to attend in person. These instances however are rare and program specific. The vast majority of courses are entirely online and the student can do everything from wherever they want, whenever they want, as long as the student has access to a computer.

Do people really have time to work their job, attend classes, and still have a life?

Absolutely! Learn on Demand courses are flexible, with student start dates based on student’s availability. Courses can be taken in module (bite-sized chunks) for shorter periods or as a parent course (full courses) based on the student’s needs.

I’ve learned a lot in my job, does that count for anything?

Many Learn on Demand students arrive with substantial education and professional experience. Instead of making you rehash material you already know, we make it easy to earn credit for prior knowledge. With credit for prior knowledge, you don't have to complete any of the regular class assignments. You also don't have to work for weeks to receive credit. You quickly get the credit you deserve and are free to move on to the next class.