The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning reveals that approximately 5.6 million students at more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide were enrolled in at least one online class in the fall of 2009. Many of these learners attended community colleges, which typically offer numerous professional development courses.
For example, officials from Highline Community College in Washington State announced in a press release that it was recently awarded $40,000 to offer a new short-term online training program in business. The funds will also help expand other online courses in this field.
The college's Continuing Education program consists of five two-credit classes that cover marketing and sales, inventory management, cash flow analysis and strategies, new venture finance as well as feasibility analysis. Upon completion of the program, students can continue their studies and apply their credits toward an online certificate track in small business and entrepreneurship.