Online Learning Update

May 3, 2012

Universities preparing for influx of soldiers returning from Iraq, Afghanistan

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Brittany Anas, Camera Staff Writer

Jonathan Wezner dedicated Sundays to school work while deployed in Afghanistan as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army. He’d buckle down to study American history and math for the online classes he was taking from his barracks in Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city and a Taliban stronghold. Meanwhile, his future was aligning nicely back home: His wife — whom he met in the Army — was pregnant with their daughter, and he had been accepted to the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus to pursue a bachelor’s degree. “The military, for me, represented the chance to be able to go to a good college that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford,” said Wezner, a 29-year-old economics student at CU, who, on this particular day, is wearing a collegiate sweatshirt with the image of Ralphie, the school’s buffalo mascot. “The mass exodus is coming,” said Michael Roberts, veteran’s affairs coordinator at CU, a position that was created last August to meet the expected surge of veterans on campus. “They’re ready to use their GI benefits and colleges are going to explode with enrollment of returning veterans.”

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