"Online learning has been great. While I was in Illinois last semester doing a co-op, online classes provided me with the opportunity to start graduate school while I was working. Taking the online classes has put me on track to graduate in a two-year time frame."
Graduate, Class of 2011
"I was blown away by my knowledge gain in each of my online courses. I believe that having the ability to select the best times of the day to engage in the coursework greatly enhances our depth of knowledge gained and ultimately makes the course that much more rewarding."
ITMA Graduate Student
"It has been fortunate for me that this program is directly aligned with my job. I made a strategic decision early on in the ITMA program to make every effort to choose real projects needs from work to meet my assignment requirements. There were times when this strategy resulted in additional work but I felt the value of being able to directly apply my assignments on the job more than outweighed any additional work that may have been required. As it turns out this decision paid off in a big way for our company. It has been A LOT of work but well worth it."
Agricultural and Life Sciences Graduate Student
"Virginia Tech's online master's in agricultural and life sciences program has been a great experience for me. Having been out of the academic world for 10 years, the faculty and staff helped to make the transition a smooth one. The knowledge gained from the program led me to develop a lake-monitoring program in my community, with the goal of reversing some of the effects created from the urbanization of our town. Personally, I believe that this program has given me a more marketable resume to advance at my current job or pursue a different career path. "
"I have taken five different online courses through Virginia Tech and had a great experience with each. I enjoy online classes because they provide you with more freedom when it comes to doing the work, and I was able to create a more flexible schedule."
"Taking online classes has been the best choice for summer vacation. I feel as if I am still a part of the Hokie nation wherever me and my laptop go."
ITMA Graduate Student
"In every online class that I've taken so far, I've been able to feel like a valued member of the Virginia Tech learning community; in interacting with both students and professors. Further, the professors are excellent and give feedback and help in a very timely manner. As I work toward my Master's Degree in Instructional Technology, I'm very excited and blessed to be apart of the Virginia Tech community."
"I knew I wanted to go to graduate school as soon as I finished my undergraduate degree and thought it would be really convenient to take the courses online so that I could become exposed to the corporate world while taking graduate courses."
IDST Spring 2010 Graduate
"Without the flexibility of eLearning, I would not have been able to graduate in my desired time-frame or participate in other activities inside and outside of the Virginia Tech community."
Non-Degree Graduate Student
"As a working professional after September 11, I wanted to know more about the world and the circumstances that had led to that tragic day. I looked around for a program that offered an understanding of American Foreign Policy that I could pursue without interrupting my career and that would have minimal impact on my family and personal life. I found that program at Virginia Tech in its online graduate political science courses. The professors were very well-informed and the classmates brought a tremendous range of experience and expertise to the class. I continue to take courses at Virginia Tech and highly recommend it to my colleagues and others who desire a better understanding of the United States' place in the world community."
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