NACTEL Student Stories

After receiving an Associate’s degree from the Air Force Community College, Matt decided to pursue his Bachelor’s degree online through Pace University.  “I choose to go to Pace University for my Bachelor’s degree because I had heard about NACTEL and knew that the industry recognized it.  All of the telephone companies and unions were part of NACTEL, so I felt like I couldn’t go wrong.” 

With four young children, Matt knew going back to school and working full time might present a problem.  After getting started in his online classes, everything seemed to come together.  “The hardest part of online learning is making the commitment that you are going to do it.  Once you get started, the ball rolls pretty smoothly.”  Matt suggests the best way to proceed is laying out a plan for your classes.  “I took one class at a time for the first three semesters.  After becoming more comfortable with online learning, I began to take two classes at a time.  At one point, I had three classes overlapping!”

Matt has seen the benefits of his online classes.  “I found that I learned a lot more than I thought I would.  The classes helped prepare me for the tests that I needed to take in order to advance at work.  If I hadn’t taken the online courses, the tests would have been a lot harder.”

After graduating, Matt wants to take some time off to spend with his family and plans to continue his education by taking some certificate courses in the computer field.

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