The options in the midst of an unexpected drift brought by a pandemic on the path of continuing education
PLANO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, April 2, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The year 2020-21 has made us all feel the devastating impact of COVID-19, directly or indirectly. Almost everything was at a standstill. Borders were closed, businesses were closed, the health sector was on guard, and education had to be cut short. In January 2021, an estimated 825 million learners around the world were affected by school closures in response to the pandemic. On the contrary, during the pre-pandemic period, over a million international students were drawn to the idea of obtaining a graduate degree in the United States for various reasons. They include a high quality education, a flexible study program, a multicultural environment and many valuable opportunities.
During the pandemic, unexpected change had to be forced and colleges scrambled to find creative solutions for teaching students online, in person but socially distant, or in a hybrid format. This rapid-paced drift resulted in a delay in reviewing applications, conducting interviews, finalizing admissions, support, and scheduling classes on campus. Tuition fees become expensive due to the decline in public funding per student over time and as institutions spend more per student, with the uncertainty of return on investment. Uncertainty regarding the financial situation, student loans and the format of higher education is increasing.
Almost 80% of students work part-time while studying to pay their bills and repay the student loan. Part-time workers experienced an unemployment rate almost twice that of their full-time counterparts during the pandemic, according to the Congressional Research Service. Workers without a university degree have experienced a worse unemployment rate. This indicates that new skills in demand for a person are very essential to withstand and navigate such unprecedented situations. Thesis surveys of qualified respondents concluded that having a master’s degree is a good thing and that professional certifications are better.
Choosing a university in the United States is a daunting task as their each of their needs varies and therefore involves immense research. Some have a hybrid model where it is mandatory to be present on campus for a certain period. Others require proof of financial support. A non-native speaker must pay and come for an English proficiency test like TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, etc. There are dedicated fees for books, supplies, technology, exams, and activities. Overall spending on higher education would hit the roof when all these elements were added. Although this process is expensive, many tend to focus on the bottom line and therefore are eager to invest through various resources.
While this is done for a better cause, students often overlook other means that are economical and feasible. A quick response to overcome such a situation may seem possible with online and distance learning. However, not all online programs are affordable and as effective as classroom learning. The majority of them have a registration process similar to that on campus. In such cases, with the exception of the method of delivery, accommodation and transportation, the cost of everything else remains the same. While there is a good degree of flexibility in learning, pricing continues to be a challenge.
Keeping this in mind, Lucent University has developed a strategy to provide high quality education with tuition fees set at an affordable level for students around the world. Lucent has partnered with Amazon Web Services, CompTIA, and VMware to deliver their official academic programs based on real-world experiences. CompTIA is the global leader in vendor independent technical certifications and has awarded more than two million certifications to technology professionals around the world. Amazon Web Services is named a Cloud Leader for the 10th consecutive year in the Gartner Infrastructure & Platform Services Magic Quadrant. VMware software that powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure is named the Leader in WAN Edge Infrastructure for the third consecutive year by Gartner.
Although these computer programs are expensive, Lucent calculates tuition fees based on the World Bank’s purchasing power parity (PPP) for each country. This means that the cost is determined by the average income of the country where a student lives. This allows for simple monthly payments without registration, evaluation and hidden fees. Laboratories with practical experience and study materials are free. For non-native speakers of English, Lucent’s English comprehension test (TEC) is free. The University is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). ASIC accreditation helps students and parents make a more informed choice and will also help a school, college, university, training provider or distance education provider demonstrate to the international student body that they are a high quality establishment.
Lucent being an official academic partner of CompTIA, Amazon and VMware, allows its students to be eligible for a 50% discount on one of the official technology certifications. Self-paced content is hosted on their next-generation learning platform, which offers several benefits such as flexibility, a user-friendly interface, dedicated 24/7 student support and lifetime access. to stay up to date with the latest developments. All of these have been incorporated to achieve a student’s academic goals, help graduate debt free, gain market recognition, and provide the best entry to a successful IT career. Currently, Lucent offers master’s degree programs in Cyber security and in cloud computing where registration is open all year instead of spring or fall.