Student Testimonial: Laura Kasper

Returning to the workforce after a 15 year hiatus can be scary. Especially if your skills need to be refreshed in order to compete for a job in the field you want. Ask Laura Kasper, she knows.

Laura graduated from Oregon State University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s in Spanish and additional emphasis on International Business and Finance. After a few years in the workforce, she decided to raise her children as a stay-at-home mom while her husband worked full-time. Her children are now 11- and 15-years-old and Laura is ready to get back to work.

But, times have changed and so have her interests. Laura now wants to be an Accounting Clerk in the next phase of her career. In order to get the training and credentials she needs, she began to look for schools and found LB iLearn Online.

At first, she wasn’t sure about enrolling in an online program, but she knew juggling parental duties and student duties would be a challenge with traditional on-campus classes.

“I chose the online classes primarily because of the convenience of studying from home and at my own pace,” she said. “Also, the classes are very affordable.”

She has since found that with a little planning she can arrange her days to allow time for both family and coursework.

“Some days I am able to get a lot of studying in and others, not so much,” she said. “I try and set aside blocks of time each day to study and take the weekends off for family time.”

With the support of her family, Laura is making progress towards earning her Accounting Clerk Certificate at LB iLearn. She is now a believer in the distance learning format.

“I’ve never experienced online education, but I must say, I love the iLearn program,” she said. “I have told many of my friends about it.”

When she needs assistance with coursework or technical support, Laura, like other LB iLearn students, has a team of staff to turn to, 365 days a year.

“The staff and the navigators have been wonderful,” she said. “They are very helpful, available almost anytime, and are always encouraging!”

Laura’s success balancing classes and family as she reinvents herself for the workplace has been made easier by the flexibility and convenience of online learning. Are you ready for the challenge?

To find out how you can start earning a certificate or degree online, contact admissions specialist Tina Leonard at leonart@linnbenton.edu.

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