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MassBay announces they will offer several online courses this semester

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 7, 2013 02:35 PM

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MassBay Community College announced that they will offer several online courses this semester to respond to student demand for virtual lessons.

The college will offer three associate degree programs and two certificate programs this spring that can be completed online. The spring semester begins Jan. 22.

“We are fully aware that online learning is in high demand right now, and we’re responding to it,” said MassBay President John O’Donnell. “We are proud to offer for the first time fully online programs that maintain our stringent standards of quality and affordability, while providing a convenient method for working adults to achieve their academic goals.”

In addition to the five online programs, MassBay is offering more than 60 online or blended courses this semester. One blended course, Practical Python Programming, is utilizing edX, the world’s leading online-learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lynn Hunter, the community college's dean of electronic learning, said nearly one-third of all MassBay's courses can be taken online, adding that that number will continue to grow.

"We feel strongly that learning online will continue to be a preferred method of college goers now and into the future, and as a community college we have a mission to be accessible to anyone who is seeking a college education," Hunter said. "At MassBay, we believe providing a robust selection of high quality online courses is a critical component of fulfilling that mission.”

MassBay is now offering online associate degrees in General Business and Business Administration, as well as associate degrees in Liberal Arts.

Certificates in Management and MassTransfer, a program that guarantees admission and reduced tuition at all Massachusetts public universities to qualifying students, are also now available online through MassBay. Some proctored exams may be required. Credits earned at MassBay are transferable to many bachelor’s programs around the country.

MassBay awards associate degrees and certificates in over 60 academic programs in a wide range of career-driven subjects ranging from accounting and automotive technology to forensic DNA science and early childhood education. The college’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners.

However, online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process, college officials said.

More information about MassBay and the upcoming spring semester can be found at www.massbay.edu, or by calling 781-239-2411.

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