is great to work with senior managers who listen to my ideas and suggestions
on how I can further develop the skills of employees," said Lawrence.
"I use what I've learned in school and apply it directly in my training
According to Lawrence, choosing Mercer was an easy decision due to its affordability, course flexibility and online options. Interested in computers, in 2001 she enrolled in Mercer's popular Office Systems program, taking 30 percent of her classes on campus and the remainder online via Mercer's Virtual College.
Through the New Jersey Virtual College Campus Consortium (NJVCCC), Lawrence is noted for taking the most online classes of anyone at Mercer. Through the consortium she took virtual classes offered through every New Jersey community college. "The NJVCCC was cost effective for me, and I could take more classes online than I could fit into a traditional classroom setting with my work schedule," Lawrence said. Because of her knowledge in this growing area, she was invited to speak at an NJVCC meeting in 2003.
working toward her bachelor's at Thomas Edison, where she often took a
full course load of 12 to 15 credits, Lawrence accelerated her degree
by simultaneously taking courses at Mercer. Her goals include starting
a second master's at Thomas Edison next year. She is also considering
Ph.D. programs as she hopes to teach college part-time, particularly online
courses, in order to share her knowledge with other non-traditional college
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