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2018/2019 Updated Associates Degree Plan Options?!
#1
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Okay y'all...this online degree/testing thing has BLOSSOMED since I took my first CLEP test 10+ yrs ago! I am super lost on all the new ways to earn credits like Saylor and Straightliner, plus the old ways that have gone (FEMA freebies I guess are over?!)

Backstory: I have 2 family members that live in a very rural area and have little to know job ops other than Ed Techs at school and other super low paying things. Both keep asking me about online things they could do to get a better job (although both aren't super open to "non-traditional" things though). 

What are some new AA/AS degree plans that would be relatively cheap and fast to get? And also simple since neither has done a lot of education period (no credits earned anywhere that I know of.) 

Liberal studies would be fine, but something education related or business would be even better probably. I tried looking at the Wiki and couldn't find any Associate degree specific plans.

Also important, CLEP tests or online credits only would be great because the nearest place to take "fancy" tests like DANTES is 3+ hours away and that's not feasible. As it is CLEP tests are almost an hour away from their town. 

Any help getting a degree plan and budget started for them would be SO appreciated!! 

Thanks!  Smile
#2
I believe the fastest and cheapest is the COSC with FEMA AA/AS. COSC still takes FEMA.

https://degreeforum.miraheze.org/wiki/COSC_Degree_Plans

I think they beat out TESU now, but I'm not the TESU expert.

Also, jump on the free NFA credit before it expires 09/30. It will say on the NFA site that it is not eligible for credit, but ACE still lists them until that date.

Jump on Modern States while they are still giving out vouchers and they can take their CLEPs for free!: https://modernstates.org/

If they can get through the courses quickly to get their vouchers, they can order the tests as soon as they are done and still have 6 months to take the exam. I mention that because they are only giving out a limited number of vouchers.
Southeast Tourism Society - TMP (02/2020)
Pierpont Community and Technical College - AAS BOG (12/2018)
FEMA - PDS Certificate (04/30/2014)
GED (11/16/2004)

NEXT:
University of Maine at Presque Isle - BA English - Professional Communication and Journalism
(I've been accepted! We'll see how my credits transfer.)
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#3
Thank you SO much! The Modern States thing is so cool, wish they had that when I was a kid!

Can I ask for clarification on the NFA part you mentioned? Thanks!
#4
(08-22-2018, 02:51 PM)Mikele8 Wrote: Thank you SO much! The Modern States thing is so cool, wish they had that when I was a kid!

Can I ask for clarification on the NFA part you mentioned? Thanks!

https://degreeforum.miraheze.org/wiki/Fr..._of_Credit

Info for the NFA credit and a handful of other free credits can be found there. I've done all the free ones(besides FEMA) and can recommend them all.

Well, the TEEX cyber 201 & 301 are a pain in the but so keep that in mind when you're deciding if they're worth it to you.
Planning to transfer to WGU BSIT Feb 2021   

RA(42cr)
JST/TESU Eval of NAVY Training: 85/99cr
The Institutes, TEEX, NFA(9cr): Ethics, Cyber 101/201/301, Safety
Sophia(?cr): Most of them
Study.com(31cr): Eng 105, Fin 102, His 108, Lib Sci 101, Math 104, Stat 101, CS107, CS 303, BUS 107
CLEP(9cr): Intro Sociology 63 Intro Psych 61 US GOV 71
OD(6cr): Robotics, Cyber
CSM(3cr)
CompTIA: A+, Network+, Server+, Security+
Google IT Support
Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals
Computer Science Fundamentals MicroBachelor(3cr)
*I think I'm updated... I really need to make an Omnitranscript to track everything....
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#5
Also, I would highly recommend taking the two free Sophia courses. They are fast, and relatively painless. Easy two credits, and a good introduction to non-traditional learning credits for your uninitiated family members.

Links to both are listed in the link MNomadic posted above.
Southeast Tourism Society - TMP (02/2020)
Pierpont Community and Technical College - AAS BOG (12/2018)
FEMA - PDS Certificate (04/30/2014)
GED (11/16/2004)

NEXT:
University of Maine at Presque Isle - BA English - Professional Communication and Journalism
(I've been accepted! We'll see how my credits transfer.)
#6
(08-22-2018, 02:59 PM)MNomadic Wrote: Well, the TEEX cyber 201 & 301 are a pain in the but so keep that in mind when you're deciding if they're worth it to you.

Work in cyber security, can confirm :-P
Working On:  Waiting on tuition reimbursement availability.
Completed:  WGU BSCSIA (started 10/1/2018, finished 01/11/2019)
Journey Thread:  https://www.degreeforum.net/mybb/Thread-...ersecurity


#7
(08-22-2018, 05:05 PM)quigongene Wrote:
(08-22-2018, 02:59 PM)MNomadic Wrote: Well, the TEEX cyber 201 & 301 are a pain in the but so keep that in mind when you're deciding if they're worth it to you.

Work in cyber security, can confirm :-P

lol are they really that bad? Those are the only freebies I haven't taken and you guys are making me not want to now.  Tongue
Southeast Tourism Society - TMP (02/2020)
Pierpont Community and Technical College - AAS BOG (12/2018)
FEMA - PDS Certificate (04/30/2014)
GED (11/16/2004)

NEXT:
University of Maine at Presque Isle - BA English - Professional Communication and Journalism
(I've been accepted! We'll see how my credits transfer.)
#8
(08-22-2018, 05:14 PM)Tedium Wrote:
(08-22-2018, 05:05 PM)quigongene Wrote:
(08-22-2018, 02:59 PM)MNomadic Wrote: Well, the TEEX cyber 201 & 301 are a pain in the but so keep that in mind when you're deciding if they're worth it to you.

Work in cyber security, can confirm :-P

lol are they really that bad? Those are the only freebies I haven't taken and you guys are making me not want to now.  Tongue

As someone not in the tech field, I thought the first module of the first course was slow, and it just got worse from there.  Finally gave it up after finishing the 2nd module.  It wasn't worth my time.
TESU BSBA/HR 2018 - WVNCC BOG AAS 2017 - GGU Cert in Mgmt 2000
EXAMS: TECEP Tech Wrtg, Comp II, LA Math, PR, Computers  DSST Computers, Pers Fin  CLEP Mgmt, Mktg
COURSES: TESU Capstone  Study.com Pers Fin, Microecon, Stats  Ed4Credit Acct 2  PF Fin Mgmt  ALEKS Int & Coll Alg  Sophia Proj Mgmt The Institutes - Ins Ethics  Kaplan PLA
#9
First course is definitely easy/doable for anyone with any computer/internet experience, but definitely gets harder from there.

I did all 3 and I found there were a ton of slides/vids to go through before even attempting the quizzes, but I think it was worth it to obtain 6 free credits.
TESU BALS: Awarded June 2019
Credits:
TESU: LIB Capstone 3cr, Cornerstone 1cr 
Aleks: 3cr, Insurance Institute: 2cr NFA: 1cr 
Sophia: 2cr Straighterline: 48cr TEEX: 6cr 
Study.com: 18cr B&M: 77cr
#10
(08-22-2018, 05:14 PM)Tedium Wrote:
(08-22-2018, 05:05 PM)quigongene Wrote:
(08-22-2018, 02:59 PM)MNomadic Wrote: Well, the TEEX cyber 201 & 301 are a pain in the but so keep that in mind when you're deciding if they're worth it to you.

Work in cyber security, can confirm :-P

lol are they really that bad? Those are the only freebies I haven't taken and you guys are making me not want to now.  Tongue

as an example, the first slide opens and the audio begins to play. For 2 minutes you get to listen to the audio before an icon opens up. (No fast forward, no 2x speed, nothing- just listen and wait) Then inside of the slide are 8 icons, each requiring a click - read/listen, in turn. One......read/listen, two.....read/listen.....through all 8. Only then will you progress to the next slide.

Now you go onto slide 2. Maybe that's just text *yeah, so you can click forward.
But then, it's a pop quiz! Wink Pass to progress.

Some courses have 60 slides and remember each 2 credit course consists of 3-4 classes. So, you're doing about 180 of these slides for 2 credits. It will take you hours of sitting there clicking/waiting.

So, is it hard? None of my high school non-IT kids though it was "hard." They all thought it was torture.


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