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Old 03-31-2013, 09:54 AM  
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I have been promoted as far as I can in my current job without having a degree. My employer will reimburse me 100% of my tuition. It's going to be a pain to try to get a degree, work full time, take care of 12 rental properties, etc but I guess I really have no choice unless I just want to settle where I am in my career.

I see I can get a degree online through MO Western. It appears I can CLEP out of many of the classes.

My question: Has anyone here ever done this and specifically how difficult is it to CLEP out of courses?

Thanks for the help
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:58 AM   #16
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:53 PM   #17
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I have been promoted as far as I can in my current job without having a degree. My employer will reimburse me 100% of my tuition. It's going to be a pain to try to get a degree, work full time, take care of 12 rental properties, etc but I guess I really have no choice unless I just want to settle where I am in my career.

I see I can get a degree online through MO Western. It appears I can CLEP out of many of the classes.

My question: Has anyone here ever done this and specifically how difficult is it to CLEP out of courses?

Thanks for the help
I got my Bachelor's at 50- believe me, you are not too late! And I was also working fulltime at the time- just plan on not getting tons of sleep. :-) And as far as clepping- I clepped out of 7 courses at about $85 per test- saved a TON of $$$ and time.

Also- look into petitioning out of courses. Petitioning is proving that you have related work experience to a class you're about to take. For example- I was scheduled to take classes in graphic and web design, but was able to show plenty of examples of my previous graphic and web work. In doing so, I instantly got credit for those classes. Petitioning is more expensive at about $450 a pop, and that amount is non-refundable, so you better be pretty sure you have that experience. But $450 is much better than the course cost, so if you feel pretty good about doing that, I'd go for it.

In all, I petitioned out of 3 courses and clepped out of 7- doing so saved me probably $15,000 and an entire year's worth of school. Good luck!!!

Z

EDIT- I was also able to benefit from my employer's tuition assistance program- over $15,000 for 3 years. All told my Bachelor's cost about $18,000...
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:56 PM   #18
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I could be considered non-traditional (I'm 29), and I get the pleasure of tutoring writing at the local community college. We get a lot of non-traditional students who are in your situation or worse (unemployed trying to get a degree before benefits run out) and as many of already said, they are some of best, serious students I get to work with. And they help motivate me. I may be working two jobs, but at least I don't have kids.

My advice: If your asked do an assignment you dislike, ask yourself these questions, "Have I ever had to do something I didn't like at a job? Did I do it?" Treat school like any job and you'll do fine.

Good luck and have fun.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:03 PM   #19
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I just don't see the value in an online degree. I got mine by actualy going to classes on campus. I could see taking a class here and there to finish ones degree with online classes, but not doing the whole thing online. Just doesn't "feel" legit to me. Just my "old guy" opinion. Having said that, my employer does not recognize online degrees.

Anyway best of luck
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:29 PM   #20
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I think my employer will be somewhat flexible. I live in the middle of nowhere so going to classes will be difficult. I'm not sure how strong I am academically... its been a long time.
I was 39 when I switched careers and went back to school with zero background in the new field.

I was dealing with life and death daily. Started to bring it home. I was done. Wondered if I has what it takes academically to succeed too. It wasn't easy.

Work all day, Go to school at night. Stay up and study till 2:00am, get back up at 6:00 am and do it all over again. Went on like that for two years. Like others have said, its not an easy task, be mentally prepared. But, is anything really important to you or your family easy to obtain?
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:55 PM   #21
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ExtremeChief is going to be boinking 20 year olds here in a couple months! Congrats! lmao
theres much more bald pussy now than there was in the 80's and 90's

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Old 03-31-2013, 07:25 PM   #22
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:15 PM   #24
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Thank you all. I appreciate the help and insight. And, FWIW, last year I was boinking a hot 20 year old. It has to remain our secret though
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:26 PM   #25
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