January 25, 2011 | | Leave a comment Stratford Career Institute, which is a distance learning school, recently celebrated its 20th year of providing home study training programs for those who are pursuing a change in employment, but need to update their credentials. School officials said that the institute is planning to celebrate the occasion with promotions and special offers for existing and prospective students throughout the year. Moreover, they will be honoring the contributions of staff and instructors. “Stratford founders realized the validity and convenience of distance learning more than two decades ago. As a result, they have been able to develop top-quality programs that continue to meet the needs of today’s students,” said Michael Boulay, vice president of student services for the school. Officials noted that the institute reached 1 million students in 2008 and is continuing to grow due to the increased popularity of distance learning. Online learning tools combined with traditional correspondence education provides enrollees to complete their studies at home and forego the classroom setting. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, nearly 30 percent of all college and university students in the U.S. participate in at least one web-based course.