Adult degree program’s blog receives honors

The blog for Linfield’s online adult degree program, part of the Division of Continuing Education, was honored as one of the nation’s top adult education blogs by Accredited Online Colleges’ website.
Established in January, the Linfield online education blog was one of four recommended in the categories of Back-in-School and Higher Degree.
“The honor is even greater [than just making the top 40 colleges],” Janet Gifford, director of marketing for DCE and associate director of DCE, said. “Many bloggers also post links of articles from our blog with recommendations.”
According to Accredited Online Colleges’ website, the blog was chosen as one of the national best online education blogs for its tips on career development and educational opportunities.
Tips help current employees earn their bachelor’s degrees to continue their education.
Two recommended posts on the website are titled “How to Gain College Credit for Work and Other Life Experience” and “How to Approach Your Employer about Going Back to School.”
Gifford said she thinks they received the award because of their trustworthy information and numerous perspectives. Many sources are current DCE students and professors.
She also said the blog especially helps new DCE students by serving as a colloquium-like class, allowing former college student to rejoin a college community.
DCE students from 26 states and six nations read the blog. Some have never been to Linfield’s McMinnville or Portland campus.
“The blog is a practical application of a resource that is beneficial for a current student and even a potential student looking for an advancement of his or her educational career,” Steven Facker, a class of ’10 DCE student, said in an e-mail. “Instructors share a personal side of themselves. Information is provided that can help the casual or hardcore student.”
Michelle Lagos, a hair and makeup stylist and business owner and a DCE student who has contributed to the blog, said posting gives her a sense of confidence. The program also taught her videotaping skills, which she could use for future interviewing and gave her some immediate exposure in the social media community.
Talking about new plans for the blog, Gifford said the team managing the blog will introduce one of the degrees taught in the DCE each month, starting in November. The DCE offers seven majors, such as a registered nurse major and Bachelor of Science in nursing — the most popular degree.
To find more information of the blog, visit www.linfield.edu/dce/blog.

Jaffy Xiao/Features editor
Jaffy Xiao can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com.

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