Getting Ready For the Big Time – Distance Learning College Prep School

As the college admissions process becomes increasingly competitive, more and more parents who homeschool their children are turning to distance learning as a viable option for preparing their students for both admission into, and success in, college. With today’s students being involved in so many events and activities, homeschooling parents are definitely seeing the benefits of trusting in a distance learning college prep school.

Distance learning, or distance education as it is also known, works just as its name implies. Homeschooled students, especially those of high school age, essentially have the opportunity to attend courses that will be accepted by colleges and universities for admissions purposes. The basic premise behind distance learning is that students will make use of various forms of technology, in particular computers and the Internet, to gain access to courses designed to lead to a high school diploma and eventual admission into a particular college or university.

Through a distance learning program, students can study at their own pace, without sacrificing any activities or responsibilities in the process. Many students find the distance learning “environment” to be more conducive to their overall academic experience and college preparation than what they would receive from traditional public and private schools. Distance learning, especially college prep, is designed to prepare students for college by offering Advanced Placement courses that can earn them college units, SAT prep courses designed to help students achieve higher scores, honors-level courses that model college courses, and a wide variety of other options all with the intent of increasing a student’s chances of gaining admission and succeeding at the college of her or his choice.

Distance learning college prep courses also have an unintended benefit – an increased proficiency in the use and application of computer technology. Today, a good portion of a college course involves the use of technology. From participating in online forums and discussions, to submitting papers and completing tests online, colleges across the country are definitely integrating more technology into their curriculum. Participation in an online distance learning program, especially one that is college prep-based, can greatly help prepare students for the type of learning that will be taking place in college. By being more comfortable with and proficient in the use of technology, distance learning students stand a better chance of succeeding once they enter college.

With an acceptance rate in the high 80s to mid 90s, higher than average SAT scores, and legitimate support from accrediting agencies like WASC, distance learning college prep schools are not only popular, they are extremely effective in achieving their goals and outcomes. Unlike traditional public and private schools, college prep schools have the freedom to focus all of their efforts on preparing students for college and helping them gain admission. While traditional schools have to worry about problem students, lack of funds, and a great deal of administrative red tape, distance learning college prep schools can keep their attention on the needs of their students, in particular as it applies to college preparation and admission.

Sustainable and Eco Friendly College Programs

We all know that Obama is a passionate supporter of alternative energy and other green initiatives, and he also believes in educating our youth about humanitarian and environmental efforts, so what better way for him to help spread the green word than to instill eco programs in school? Well, this has already happened in many colleges around the U.S., and the classes are not only preparing students for the future “2 million green jobs that will be created in the next 2 years,” but they’re also educating open minds about the role they will play in the future of the planet.

Here are a few green colleges, from all around the U.S., that offer eco friendly programs:

1. University of Portland (Portland, OR) – University sustainability includes a small on-campus organic garden called the Student Led Unity Program (SLUG) where students grow plants and food for themselves and the dining hall. The school is also hoping to purchase a biodiesel generator to convert kitchen grease to fuel for on-campus vehicles and buildings.

2. University of Maryland (College Park, MD) – Has a Campus Sustainability program that offers a Sustainability Speakers Series and multiple research centers on-campus devoted to solving environmental problems.

3. Berea College (Berea, KY) – Has its own Ecovillage that uses Ecological Machines to purify and reuse wastewater.

4. Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA) – Has its own composting facility on an organic farm that takes scraps from student housing, throws in some worms to break down the food, and then uses the finished compost as a nutrient-rich soil additive.

5. Kettering University (Flint, MI) – Its Center for Fuel Cell Systems & Powertrain Integration offers entire programs devoted to the research and development of fuel cell technology systems.

6. Ripon College (Ripon, WI) – Started the Velorution, which is a combination of vĂ©lo (which means bicycle in French) and revolution. President David C. Joyce is an avid cyclist, so he purchased 200 brand new Trek mountain bikes to urge freshmen to ride on campus instead of bringing their car.

7. University of Colorado (Boulder, CO) – Started the “Ralphie’s Green Stampede” zero-waste and carbon-reduction program at Folsom Footbal Field to compost and recycle almost all food and drink containers. The college will offset their carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits from the Colorado Carbon Fund and White-Wave Foods.

8. Tufts University (Medford, MA) – Has an Office of Sustainability which oversees the Tufts Climate Change Initiative. Students can join the Get Clean – Power It Green campaign, where for only $15 they can support Massachusetts wind power and earn matching grants for renewable energy projects on campus, in the town of Medford, as well as supporting energy efficiency projects in low-income communities around Massachusetts.

9. Washington College (Chestertown, MD) – The Center for Environment and Society fosters sustainability on campus through recycling, composting and more. Students are encouraged to sign a “Green Pledge” to reduce their impact on the environment, and there’s even a George Goes Green blog that touches on green tips, personal stories and other green topics.

10. Northland College (Ashland, WI) – Located near Lake Superior, Northland College considers itself “Visionary by Nature” and combines liberal arts with environmental studies to prepare students for challenges in the future.

These are just a few of the thousands of colleges and college programs that are starting to concentrate on the environment.

Hopefully, with the promises that Obama made, we’ll soon find every college in the U.S. with a green program.