More Ky. students go online for class

Balancing a full time job, occasional weekend training sessions with the Kentucky National Guard and three daughters ages five and younger is a big challenge for David Gentry.

Throw in a couple of reading-intense college history and English courses and his schedule is bursting at the seams.

But Gentry, 39, participates in class discussions and completes his assignments during the rare nooks and crannies of free time through Bluegrass Community and Technical College's online classes.

Gentry, who is working toward a masters in education so he can teach high school, is among the ever-growing ranks of students who are foregoing the classroom to amass credits online.

Kentucky has seen a nearly 25 percent increase in students taking online classes over the last year, according to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

That's twice the rate of increase for colleges nationwide, according to survey figures from the Massachusetts-based Sloan Consortium, which tracks distance learning trends.

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