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Resolving to Finish College or Add a Degree Easier for One Man Online

 It's a time for resolutions and while most resolve to lose weight,  for others it could be a good time to resolve to go back to school.

Brian Steward has spent  twenty-six  years traveling around  as a state  grain storage auditor and  he's close to retirement. So he decided to go back to school.

Steward says, "I guess I just want an accounting degree as I look into a second career.  I think it will open a lot of doors for me."

 He chose Western Governors University Missouri  taking classes online. The chancellor says a resolution is motivation  to finish college or add a degree .

"Because most folks who tried it before something went wrong. Whether it was life got in the way or it just didn't work out. Being bold enough to say I'm gonna try this again can be a little bit difficult,” says WGU Missouri Chancellor Angie Besendorfer.

Steward says one of the biggest benefits of online learning is you can do it anywhere,  anytime.

Steward says, "If I have to stay out overnight,  I can do them  in the hotel room. I can do them at home.  If I had to come to a traditional college or university I wouldn't be able to do this."

And there are supports  in place so students don't give up on their goals. Like mentors who call students every week.

Steward says "They're there to motivate. They're there to encourage. They're  there to help you."

Dr. Besendorfer says, "Our students say their mentors make a really big difference.  They become their friends.  They become someone who sticks with them for that whole time.  That whole journey through and they celebrate with them when it's all said and done."

Steward adds, "They're very good at helping you with time management so there's no time like the present."

Steward finished his classes half way through his first term and is starting more. A benefit  Dr. Besendorfer says comes from a competency based model.

She says, "Competency based allows you to take an assessment up front,  prove what you know, and  you learn the rest.  And you finish a course. It   can take you five days, five weeks or five months.  However long  it takes you."

And Steward's goal.

"My daughter is graduating high school in  and it's my goal to be able to graduate at the same time."

Besendorfer says students can begin a degree program at WGU at the beginning of any month. She says 120 students are set to begin this January.

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