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Think about the average, American college student. It’s easy to imagine a fresh-faced, 18-year-old arriving on campus, excited to start a new chapter in their lives but nervous to take ownership of their newfound autonomy. When you visualize an online student, you may think of a similar image. A survey conducted in 2016 uncovered an interesting statistic: the average age of an online undergraduate student is 29 and the average age for an online graduate degree student is 33. There are even trends showing an increase in enrollment for online classes in the age range of 50 and up, as older people are deciding to follow their passion as a second or even third career.

There are currently 15.1 million children in the United States who require childcare, per the U.S. Census Bureau. With an influx of children in the education system, the increased attention to early childhood education has raised real questions about how the current system works, where it’s broken and how to fix it. Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a growing industry, and teachers with higher education are in demand.


You know their names. 

Zuckerberg. Gates. Jobs. Dell. DeGeneres. Even Oprah. 

They are some of the most financially successful people on the planet—and they all dropped out of college. 

Their stories are often referenced by people explaining why they too have made the decision to quit school, pursue their passions and chase their dreams.

However, those who go on to greatness after dropping out of college are actually the exception to the rule. If you buy into it, the myth of the successful college dropout will likely do more harm than good to your future. 

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