Oregon community college offers students a chance to study abroad
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A new community college in Portland, Oregon is offering students a taste of a better life, and one that’s being met with strong opposition from some of the school’s former students.
The University of Portland’s new community center will be open for students to visit for up to two weeks a year, and will offer more than 100 different courses, including courses in health and science, psychology, technology and engineering, as well as a variety of non-degree-oriented classes.
The community center is part of a growing number of community colleges and universities offering online learning opportunities to students, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Students will be able to complete the program in either the U of P’s online or online-only model, and their learning will be supported by the school and its partners.
The center is the latest addition to the growing list of community centers offering online education to students.
In June, University of California, Berkeley opened a new, online learning facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in December, the University of Michigan opened a similar facility in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Students will be encouraged to take the course in their home town and receive financial aid, and they can use a local library or college resources for the learning.
U of P students who want to take advantage of the program should complete the online course, and it will take two to three weeks for them to finish the process.
The program is meant to teach students about life, health and the arts, but some students have expressed concerns about the way they will be mentored.
“I don’t know how this is a good idea,” said student Katelyn G. O’Connor, 18, in a video posted on YouTube in June.
“I don’ think I will have the experience I want to have with people that I am going to be mentoring and advising.
It’s a little confusing for me.”
The U.P. is also taking a hit with a lawsuit brought by former students who alleged the school used its online program to collect student tuition and fees.
U. of P argued that the program was open to students and offered no tuition to anyone.
The university has denied the students’ claims.
In a statement released to ABC News, the U-P said it was committed to providing a quality education, and the program would remain open.
“Our program is designed to make sure students have a strong academic foundation and will be tailored to their specific needs, such as how they might wish to pursue an education or work toward an advanced degree,” the university said.
“As such, we encourage our students to explore alternative options, such that we can provide them with a fair and fair opportunity to learn, with a view toward their individual learning goals.”
For students who are concerned about their financial aid and how their experience might affect their future, the university says that U of Portland is offering a variety other options.
The school is also working with its partners to find students who might not qualify for full-time support, such for those who would like to take part in an apprenticeship.
“The U ofP’s Community Education and Career Center is designed as a one-stop-shop for students who need assistance with their coursework, tutoring and career placement,” the school said in a statement.
“This program offers students the opportunity to study with a team of experts who are committed to helping students succeed in this new opportunity.”
A new community college in Portland, Oregon is offering students a taste of a better life, and one that’s being…