Working professionals can obtain an education online.New statistics from the National Center of Education show that 39 percent of students attending college are now 25 years or older. As more adults attempt to return to school to earn higher degrees, the demand for flexible online programs is growing.

Adult education enrollment figures have shown a jump in growth at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UW-Green Bay) as more working professionals hit the books. Although the overall enrollment numbers for the fall semester dropped, the incoming class had the strongest average American College Testing (ACT) score at 22.9, according to the Fourth Estate. UW-Green Bay has also seen an increase international students.

"Some of the classes are offered online, one Saturday a month or in the evenings one night a week," director of marketing and recruitment for adult access Eric Craver told the news source.

The school says its most popular adult education programs are nursing and interdisciplinary studies, both of which grew by approximately 23 percent this semester.

The unemployment rate for Americans without a degree was 3.4 percent higher than those with a bachelor's degree in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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