Kentucky-based university adds new online degree programEastern Kentucky University recently unveiled new plans to launch an online bachelor’s degree in occupational safety starting in January 2011.

College officials told the news source that the online degree program will provide students with relevant, real-world learning applications from professionals in the field. Furthermore, professors can incorporate videos of construction safety and Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections as part of the coursework.

“The faculty truly makes this degree program stand out. They give a strong foundation and enhance the curriculum with their industry experiences, which makes our graduates untouchable,” said Michael Schumann, program director at the school.

Graduates of this program can begin careers as occupational health and safety technicians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities in this profession are expected to increase by 14 percent over the next eight years.

The college is also offering a minor in fire and safety engineering technology, which aims to help students become more attractive to potential employers.

According to U.S. News and World Report, enrollment in online programs has increased by 832 percent in the past nine years.

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