Foothill grad earns degree entirely online


Article from Mountain View Voice:

A Berkeley-bound student who earned his associate’s degree entirely online is among nearly 1,000 students who will graduate from Foothill College Friday, June 27.

From his home in Mendocino — or occasionally sitting in a Mendocino café or library — James Sommermann completed 23 online classes in music, English, statistics, Spanish, psychology, anthropology and geology.

He will enter the University of California at Berkeley this fall with hopes of double majoring in music and English.

Foothill offers all-online associate’s degrees in 18 subjects as well as an array of all-online “certificates of proficiency.” College officials said they have no way to track the number of students earning all-online degrees but that online classes accounted for about 27 percent of last quarter’s enrollment.

Many students take a combination of traditional classes and online classes. But Sommermann needed to stay close to home in Mendocino,………..

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