For example, as part of his degree, Paul took courses and became certified in the treatment of "compassion fatigue," which affects animal workers who deal with ill or dying animals. Paul says he may use this certification to train workers in nearby shelters.
For Paul, attending an online school worked perfectly with his hectic lifestyle.
"With the kids and everything else going on in my life, I can do my school when I need to," says Paul. "I can take an exam at midnight or 1 a.m."
He also liked being able to meet adult students in his program who live in other parts of the country.
"I have a wide variety of contacts now," he says. "I know people from Canada, California, Michigan, Florida. You get a different view from all these different people, different than if I had just gone down the street to the University of Vermont."
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