Traditional, classroom oriented programs aren't your only higher education options. In addition to full-time, evening/weekend and career school programs, there are:
You don't have to spend time in a classroom to continue your education. Hundreds U.S. colleges offer courses that can be taken online, by e-mail or by mailing in the assignments. Such programs make classes available to students any time of the day or night, 365 days a year. Remember to ask questions to evaluate your distance or online education options. Explore Minnesota colleges that offer online courses.
These programs allow you to get credit by alternating or combining study and work. You can learn more about cooperative education from the National Commission for Cooperative Education.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
This program grants college credit for "life experience". Every college has different rules about such credit, but CLEP credit can significantly shorten the length of time you spend in school working toward a degree. Testing is conducted by The College Board, which provides registration information and a list of participating schools on their website.
These are educational institutions operated by businesses to allow employees (and sometimes non-employees) to further their education and get on-the-job training. There are more than 2,000 corporate universities across the country.
Few offer actual degrees, but many form partnerships with colleges making it easy for employees to pursue higher education. For more information, check with the corporations in your area.