November 24, 2010 | | Leave a comment Cowley College, which is located in Kansas, recently announced that it will be offering the only online associate's degree program for nondestructive testing in the world, reports The Winfield Daily Courier. Recent advances in the state's aerospace industry and increased oil refining production in Oklahoma has created an industrial need for nondestructive testing inspection programs in the area, prompting the school to train more students. This fast-track degree will allow students to graduate with an associate's degree in as few as 16 months. The curriculum consists of 66 credit hours of online classes and three weeks of practical training on campus. “It will be a great [program] for the focused, driven student who does not have time to meet on campus,” Joe Clasen, instructor of the curriculum, told the news source. College officials added that the degree exceeds requirements recommended by the Society for Nondestructive Testing and the National Aerospace Standard 410 for classroom training. Furthermore, the program provides opportunities in safety and quality inspection. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, enrollment rose by almost one million students from 2009. Furthermore, nearly 30 percent of colleges and universities students now take at least one web-based course.