Grantham sees growth in online education

Kansas City, Mo. — February 12, 2009 — There’s at least one Northland company that’s doing very well in this economy.

Driven by spiking demand for its online classes, Grantham University is in the process of hiring for approximately 45 new positions, according DeAnn Wandler, the school’s vice-president of enrollment management.

“As employers scale back on their hiring and job competitiveness increases, having a degree gives an individual the edge over the competition, which is one of the reasons why we are seeing an increase in interested prospective students,” Wandler said. “In addition, having a degree improves the chances of keeping your job.”

Grantham University is at Zona Rosa in Kansas City North. Founded in 1951, the school relocated its headquarters from Louisiana to Missouri following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

The university is now the seventh largest four-year degree granting institution in the state, according to Missouri’s Department of Higher Education. It has 9,500 full-time students, all of whom take classes online.

The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, computer science, engineering, criminal justice, general and interdisciplinary studies and information technology and management.

The national unemployment rate for college graduates was 3.1 percent in November, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate for all workers was 6.7 percent.

Job seekers often become more aware of the professional premium attached to a post-secondary education during economic recessions, Wandler said. That has historically driven college enrollment up.

“Demand for higher education generally rises during economic downturns,” Wandler said. “Grantham University is seeing this trend first-hand, and we’re actively seeking the right personnel to help us with our growth and ensure the success of our students.”

Most Grantham University students are in the armed forces, according to Wandler. The current economy has made the military a more attractive option for job seekers, she said. In fact, the four armed services recently met their recruitment goals for the first time in several years.

The U.S. Department of Defense provides $4,500 per fiscal year for eligible service members to take college classes, Wandler said. Web-based courses can be a good option for people who are often deployed in remote locations and who have long days at work.

“Online education is an ideal solution for a demanding military career or work schedule,” Wandler said. “Many military members and others in the private sector are deciding that now is a good time to pursue their higher education goals.”

A wide range of positions are available at Grantham University, Wandler said, including those in academics, admissions, communications and military outreach, finance and human resources.

The Northland has been a great location for the university, Wandler said. Zona Rosa’s retail and restaurant amenities have proven to be a good employee recruitment tool, she said.

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To learn more about Grantham University’s new positions, visit www.grantham.edu/about-grantham/careers.php