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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Business Student Defies Odds; Puts 2nd Chance on Fast Track

Following a serious logging accident on Valentine’s Day 2007, doctors told Jeremy Fralick’s parents to plan his funeral. Two weeks later, when he awoke from a coma, they told Jeremy he would never walk or talk again. Life, as he knew it, was over.

But Jeremy recovered from his injuries and wasted no time in taking full advantage of his second chance.

A desire to help others led him to become a volunteer firefighter and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Castle Rock Fire Department. He also completed an internship with the Longview Fire Department. In addition, he decided to earn a college degree.

Fortunately, the online Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management at Lower Columbia College is a perfect fit for busy adults.
Online business degree student Jeremy Fralick talks with
Longview City Manager Bob Gregory
at the annual LCC Foundation Scholarship Social.

“It has been a blessing to be part of LCC and a part of the online courses due to my extremely busy schedule,” Fralick said.
 A top student, he received the Baker Lumber Scholarship to help complete his studies in just 18 months and is on track to graduate at the end of Fall quarter.

Students learn the same skills covered in traditional classroom sessions, including accounting, economics, human resources, marketing and other business-related topics. Many of the online courses are offered two or more quarters each year helping students enroll in the classes they need without waiting. Several are also available in an evening hybrid format that includes a once weekly classroom lesson with online work for the remaining assignments.

Business instructor Tim Allwine reports the lion’s share of his students prefer hybrid or online classes. According to his class evaluations, over 60% report working half-time or more and 95% have high speed Internet access at home.

Anyone who has used a Smartphone or made a purchase over the Internet has the computer skills to take his online business courses, Allwine says. “It’s that simple.”

The key to success with online classes is the student’s ability to be self-directed in completing work on time, he notes.To help, Allwine provides assignment deadlines throughout the quarter and makes them clear well in advance.

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