Sterling College student Rebecca Richey is working on her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries. She is also a single mother who works full time. How does she do it? She is a student in Sterling College's online division, e.Sterling, and she says, "I'm able to do my homework after my son is in bed. It's a great benefit." Richey is one of several non-traditional students continuing their education at Sterling College; in the past year the number of e.Sterling students has more than doubled, and e.Sterling's first four graduation candidates were eligible to walk in the 2009 commencement ceremony.
These students are finding that online education's drawback, the lack of face-to-face contact, can be offset by communication via technology. e.Sterling student Constance Fadigan says, "While at first it seemed faceless, it now feels like a living book. I write, it writes back. And I have the time to thoughtfully consider responses instead of answering on the spot like in classroom learning. I find it a pleasurable way to study, and I enjoy the interaction with other students."
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