U.S. Career Institute introduces Associate of Applied Science Degrees

Fort Collins – April 14, 2009 – U.S. Career Institute, a nationally accredited distance-education school, announced the rollout of its new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs. Each program contains four semesters of career-focused content that prepares a student to enter one of eight fields: Accounting, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Merchandising, Financial Services Management, Health Information Management, Human Resources or Marketing. Like USCI’s certificate courses, the new degree programs are accredited through the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) in Washington, D.C.

“With the current downturn in the economy, we feel it’s urgent to train students efficiently for high-quality, dependable jobs,” says Ann Rohr, president of U.S. Career Institute (USCI). “Our new AAS degree programs are an important addition to our existing certificate courses. We now have a strong line-up of offerings through which students can become more competitive for today’s jobs.”

In developing its degree programs, USCI followed its pattern of tracking two essentials: student needs and occupational trends. A turbulent national economy has one silver lining: It can motivate an individual to sharpen professional skills or train in a new area offering brighter employment prospects. USCI recognizes that a potential student may lack the time and resources to complete a traditional two- or four-year classroom college degree. Keeping this in mind, the school gives students the latitude to complete assignments where and when they can.

Although a USCI degree program can be completed in as little as 16 months, the school gives students the option of taking up to a year on each semester. Students complete one course at a time, devoting 100% of their attention to the topic at hand, instead of following the standard post-secondary track of juggling several courses at once. And each degree program trains students to work in a field that shows solid growth potential for well-prepared workers. (The U.S. Department of Commerce projects that, compared to a high school degree, an associate degree can increase lifetime earnings by at least $400,000.) The focus at USCI is on helping each student complete his or her degree and prepare to enter a career with excellent job prospects.

According to USCI president Rohr, in addition to curriculum flexibility, work flexibility is becoming increasingly important. “Most of the jobs that our students are preparing for can be performed either at home or in an office,” she says. “This is no accident. USCI wants to train people for work that makes it easier for them to balance career and personal commitments.” Working at home can be cost-effective, reducing outlays for food, gas, car maintenance and clothing. It can also cut a business’s expenses for office equipment and workspace. With its new degree programs, USCI is tailoring instruction to meet the demands of today’s workforce and employers.

U.S. Career Institute is one of three schools whose parent company is Weston Distance Learning, Inc. (Fort Collins, Colorado). The other two Weston schools are At-Home Professions and McKinley College. The schools enroll students throughout the country. Weston courses allow students to train at home, in their own time, for employment in fields shown to offer a reliable job outlook and earning potential. Currently, Weston is launching a new distance education course every few months. Its state approval is issued by the Colorado Department of Education’s Division of Private Occupational Schools. To learn more about Weston Distance Learning, visit www.westondistancelearning.com.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Ann Rohr, call marketing director Kevin White at (800) 347-7899 or email Kevin at KevinW@westondistancelearning.com.

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