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NRCC and ODU work for students ‘anytime, anywhere’

Katy Porter has a family and a full-time job to keep her busy, but she is still managing to work towards earning her bachelor’s degree in human services.
Thanks to Old Dominion University’s distance learning program on the New River Community College campus in Dublin, she is earning her degree without being required to step foot on ODU’s Norfolk campus.
"If it weren’t for the convenience of ODU’s distance learning program at NRCC, I probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree," said Porter, who will graduate after completing an internship next fall.
Since 1994, NRCC has hosted ODU’s distance learning program on the Dublin campus, which offers bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs. Today, there are a total of 13 ODU distance learning sites, including sites at almost every community college in Virginia, along with locations in Arizona and Washington.
The typical ODU distance learning student at NRCC is married with children, and students range in age from 20 to mid-50, said Christy Savage, who serves as site director.
She said students take on the program for a variety of reasons, whether they are just out of high school and looking for a place to earn their degree without having to move away from home, or they are currently working a full-time job and are looking to advance their career through earning a higher degree.
Savage said ODU’s catchphrase for distance learning could be described as "anytime, anywhere," as students can work toward earning a degree through ODU by taking courses via satellite in classrooms in Edwards Hall on the NRCC campus, as well as through videostream, or completely online, both of which students can conveniently access through their home or office computers.
She added that there are even U.S. soldiers stationed overseas who are able to participate in the distance learning program.
Marfesa Clark serves as assistant site director for the ODU distance learning program at NRCC, and said before she started working with the program, she had no idea of the "breadth of opportunities" available through the ODU distance learning program.
"There are so many opportunities here, but I don’t think that many students realize all that’s available," she said.
However, of the students who have taken advantage of the ODU distance learning program at NRCC, Clark said their feedback has been positive.
Recalling a conversation with one of the students in the program, Clark said the student, who has a full-time job which requires her to be on-call, commented that the ODU program has been very convenient for her because of its flexibility, along with the fact that she can be dually enrolled at NRCC and ODU, meaning she can work on both her associate and bachelor’s degree at the same time if need be, and that those courses can be combined for financial aid eligibility.
In addition, Clark said the student had "shopped around" and found that the ODU program is cheaper than a lot of other programs offered.
The ODU distance learning program also serves as a convenient option for NRCC staff looking to advance in their field.
For example, Pat Huber, who now serves as NRCC’s vice president for instruction and student services, earned her PhD in education with a concentration in community college leadership through ODU’s distance learning program.
In addition, Amber Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in communication through the ODU program and is now an assistant professor of business management at NRCC.
Although the classes are taught from a distance by professors at ODU’s campus in Norfolk, Clark commented that the professors still manage to "individualize from a distance" and get to know their students.
Porter agreed, and said her professors have always made an effort to make distance education students feel "like part of the class" by communicating with them and calling on them as they would the students in their physical classrooms in Norfolk.
Porter added that the ODU staff on the NRCC campus have been very helpful, and that any time she calls them with a question about the program, she knows they will be able to find the answer.
For a complete listing of degree programs and courses offered, or for general information about the ODU distance learning program at NRCC, visit www.nr.edu/odu or call 674-3630.

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NRCC and ODU work for students ‘anytime, anywhere’

Katy Porter has a family and a full-time job to keep her busy, but she is still managing to work towards earning her bachelor’s degree in human services.
Thanks to Old Dominion University’s distance learning program on the New River Community College campus in Dublin, she is earning her degree without being required to step foot on ODU’s Norfolk campus.
"If it weren’t for the convenience of ODU’s distance learning program at NRCC, I probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree," said Porter, who will graduate after completing an internship next fall.
Since 1994, NRCC has hosted ODU’s distance learning program on the Dublin campus, which offers bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs. Today, there are a total of 13 ODU distance learning sites, including sites at almost every community college in Virginia, along with locations in Arizona and Washington.
The typical ODU distance learning student at NRCC is married with children, and students range in age from 20 to mid-50, said Christy Savage, who serves as site director.
She said students take on the program for a variety of reasons, whether they are just out of high school and looking for a place to earn their degree without having to move away from home, or they are currently working a full-time job and are looking to advance their career through earning a higher degree.
Savage said ODU’s catchphrase for distance learning could be described as "anytime, anywhere," as students can work toward earning a degree through ODU by taking courses via satellite in classrooms in Edwards Hall on the NRCC campus, as well as through videostream, or completely online, both of which students can conveniently access through their home or office computers.
She added that there are even U.S. soldiers stationed overseas who are able to participate in the distance learning program.
Marfesa Clark serves as assistant site director for the ODU distance learning program at NRCC, and said before she started working with the program, she had no idea of the "breadth of opportunities" available through the ODU distance learning program.
"There are so many opportunities here, but I don’t think that many students realize all that’s available," she said.
However, of the students who have taken advantage of the ODU distance learning program at NRCC, Clark said their feedback has been positive.
Recalling a conversation with one of the students in the program, Clark said the student, who has a full-time job which requires her to be on-call, commented that the ODU program has been very convenient for her because of its flexibility, along with the fact that she can be dually enrolled at NRCC and ODU, meaning she can work on both her associate and bachelor’s degree at the same time if need be, and that those courses can be combined for financial aid eligibility.
In addition, Clark said the student had "shopped around" and found that the ODU program is cheaper than a lot of other programs offered.
The ODU distance learning program also serves as a convenient option for NRCC staff looking to advance in their field.
For example, Pat Huber, who now serves as NRCC’s vice president for instruction and student services, earned her PhD in education with a concentration in community college leadership through ODU’s distance learning program.
In addition, Amber Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in communication through the ODU program and is now an assistant professor of business management at NRCC.
Although the classes are taught from a distance by professors at ODU’s campus in Norfolk, Clark commented that the professors still manage to "individualize from a distance" and get to know their students.
Porter agreed, and said her professors have always made an effort to make distance education students feel "like part of the class" by communicating with them and calling on them as they would the students in their physical classrooms in Norfolk.
Porter added that the ODU staff on the NRCC campus have been very helpful, and that any time she calls them with a question about the program, she knows they will be able to find the answer.
For a complete listing of degree programs and courses offered, or for general information about the ODU distance learning program at NRCC, visit www.nr.edu/odu or call 674-3630.

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