Hitting The Books At A Virtual Campus

Get a degree--from business to nursing

In 1992, Kevin Kimma had three kids and a hectic engineering job at Northern Telecom in Santa Clara, Calif., and the last thing he wanted to do was attend college classes several nights a week. But after the company refused to consider him for a position because he lacked a bachelor's degree, Kimma took action. He enrolled in a bachelor's program offered by the online campus of the University of Phoenix. Each night, he downloaded materials and communicated by E-mail with professors and classmates. And in just under three years, he earned his sheepskin. Now 43 and a manager at Octel Communications in Milpitas, Calif., Kimma is halfway through an online MBA program at UOP.

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