Continuing My Education

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by thomaskolter, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. thomaskolter

    thomaskolter New Member

    I'm in the process of applying to Saint Petersburg College for their certificate program in Business Administration. I figure if I can't advance my education in a vertical direction I can instead go in a horizontal direction expanding my knowledge in practical areas. First Business Administration then likely into one or two other areas with more certificates. And many courses I can take online through the school although the campus is two blocks away so night classes will not be difficult.

    And since its employment specific the company will pay 75% of the tuition for the courses. I can't beat that since no courses are outside business or business-related applications. If I can handle accounting and pass an associates degree program and keep my computer applications skills up, this should be in my skill range as an option.
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  2. Vinipink

    Vinipink Accounting Monster

  3. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Sounds like a great plan - SPC is a good school. I took some classes at the Clearwater campus years ago. By the way, you must be really close to me because I live near the 66th street campus.
  4. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Good for you. You can probably roll over a lot of those credits into a B.S. as well. If you have tuition reimbursement, use the hell out of it. None for me. Gor for it.

    Abner :)
  5. thomaskolter

    thomaskolter New Member

    No I'm near the Saint Petersburg BIG Campus, and its two blocks to the campus and several more to get to classes. But a few will be done via DL I like to stay home in my pajamas when I can.

    A bachelors is unlikely the rigors at that level I'm afraid may be too much for me, I would be hard pressed to do the theoretical mathematics I hardly eeked by College math for my A.S. with a D. And only due to enough of units in that class being vocational related. Algebra and geometry I still don't get. And al the business majors demand at least statistics and units of college algebra I have seen.

    But no shame in that I would bet my A.S., refresher courses and twenty plus years of experience as an accountant over someone with a bachelors any day. But as I work in a company adding skills and courses can't hurt.
  6. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    I would encourage you to reconsider your decision to not pursue a Bachelors degree.
    If math is that scary for you, then perhaps you might consider a BA or BS in Liberal Arts.
    The "big 3" schools only require 3 credits of basic math or stats for tis type of program.

    Good luck!
  7. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    FHSU no math Bachelor's degree

    Believe or not, there is a DL Bachelor's degree at FHSU that does not have a math requirement. I had that tucked away. I used to have a specific link, but it reverted to this link. I do not remember which Bachelor's degree it was. Does anyone else remeber? I have to run out the door for now, but search around on the link and maybe you can find it. I think it as BA in liberal/general studies. Also, use the search features for FHSU, or maybe "no math degree" on this forum for a thread. I could not believe such a thing existed. Give it a try, what does it hurt? Here is the link:

    Your other option would be maybe TESC. The are the most flexible of the big three. You can transfer 100% credit their, and many classes that should be considered lower level are accepted is upper level by them. I would simply pay the enrollment fee of $75.00 to find out, after you have taken your certificate courses.

    Have a good one,

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  8. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Here is the link to the "no math" FHSU BGS

    Here is the specific link to the FHSU BGS degree:

    Read all the way to the bottom for the following statement:

    "No modern language or mathematics course required".

  9. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I earned a BS with a General Math CLEP. For some reason Charter Oak would not accept my Technical Math class from DeVry as a math requirement but only as an elective. You can do it if you want.
  10. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    P.S. boy, excuse all the typos. Ay dios mio. Fingers flying to fast.

  11. mbaonline

    mbaonline New Member

    Thomas, I've read a couple of your threads and wanted to give my opinion. I think the classes at SPC are a great idea. If I were you (when you're ready) I would try to find a degree that doesn't require math, even if it's a general studies degree.

    For advancement, some hiring folks just want the sheepskin, they don't care what it's in or what the coursework entails. The B.A. along with your accounting knowledge and experience should be valuable to you. Don't stress on the lack of math. You'll get there.
  12. sentinel

    sentinel New Member

    Athabasca University offers a 90-credit hour (3-year) Bachelor of General Studies degree. There is a 45-credit hour upper-level course requirement and no academic residency requirement.

    There is typically a course called "Math for Liberal Arts" students that is relatively easy and focuses on basic mathematical skills applied to algebra, statistics, and business mathematics. I would not sweat over your previous lack of success in mathematics and choose the easiest mathematics course you can locate. Perhaps testing-out via CLEP might be a good option since the grade is usually Pass/Fail and the average passing score is low enough that most people can pass on the first attempt.
  13. -kevin-

    -kevin- Resident Redneck


    good luck with your pursuit. here's something to consider on the math. Most bachelors require a "C" average to graduate. A "D" in math may not be that great and you may not be able to transfer the grade to other schools, but if math is the only concern then build up some solid grades, bug the hell out of your math professor for help, make an honest effort, and even if you get a "D" in math you should be able to complete the rest of the program and graduate. I think many programs only require 6 credits of math. Grade point matters for grad school but there a number of ways to get around a low grade undergrad GPA.

    Best of luck!
  14. thomaskolter

    thomaskolter New Member

    I'm great at math if its adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and figuring percentages ... accountant remember.

    But since that other post has a school I can compensate with sceince classes I have an option for a degree in general studies, so after my certificate I'll likely go that route. I can take the science classes locally and the rest by a mix of classes here and DL.
  15. thomaskolter

    thomaskolter New Member

    Update I decided to go for it an am applying for the Bachelors of General Studies at Athabasca University I figure my employer will cover most of the costs for the courses. Tuition 75% and books and materials after I earn my degree and they verify it up to $2500 so I should keep the costs down.

    And there is no reason not to go this route they offer good practical accounting courses and others that I could use. Its going to take several weeks to get my portfolio together for my life experience review and get all the transscripts I need together and see where I stand after that.
  16. -kevin-

    -kevin- Resident Redneck

    Cool! Keep us posted on your success. Best of luck!
  17. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Excellent! I am happy for you.

    Good job and choice in schools.

    Abner :)
  18. Vinipink

    Vinipink Accounting Monster

    Hope it workout for you.
    Best of luck and keep a sharp eye on the target.
  19. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    For what it's worth, I was also a math moron. I never learned how to do algebra until I took Penn Foster College's Business Math course. I could only do general math problems in high school. PFC's Business Math course (which is worth 3 credit hours and is ACE reviewed) helped me learn algebra because they applied it to real-world business problems. I'm not going to say it was easy for me, but I did pass that course with an "A".
  20. thomaskolter

    thomaskolter New Member

    I'm not a math moron I just happen not to get stupid and useless theoretical math that I will likely never use, I prefer to say people like us have a lower level of mathematical logical skill.

    Stick me in front of a computer with a good accounting program and a stack of data and see me go.

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