Graduation Rates—The Online College Option

When considering where to go to college, students should understand the success rates of the institutions. The U.S. Department of Education defines graduation rates as figures for each school that show the percentage of first-time freshmen students earning a 4-year degree who wind up completing their entire program of study within 6 years of enrolling in their first class.

Only 13 percent of community college students graduate with their associate degree in two years.1

The number of college graduates has steadily increased in the past decade, especially among those earning bachelor’s degrees. But four-year programs do much better than 2-year community colleges. Graduation rates have increased at public, 4-year institutions, but fewer than one out of five students complete their associate’s degree in three years or less.2

A recent study published by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) paints a similarly grim picture by indicating that high college dropout rates cost both state and federal governments billions of dollars each year.

STONEPILEllc The Online Construction College

At STONEPILEllc, we chose the online format to give students access to expert instructors in the field whose experience and current engagement in the industry translate to cutting-edge teaching methods and curriculum. The six touchpoints of learning is the STONEPILEllc difference. We know students can access the information and learn.

Students learn to analyze situations, projects, problems, and construction skills. They learn to communicate within a values-perspectives on the field in written, verbal, and online communications. They learn to execute all construction skills in a tech-savvy, efficient, and productive way.

We provide the opportunity for an Associate in Applied Science in Construction, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction, and a Master of Applied Science in Prefabricated, Offsite, and Modular Construction, allowing students to gain marketable construction and leadership skills while enjoying the fullness of a 2- or 4-year degree. With our Trial 5 Program students can try five weeks of college at no cost!


Dr. Jodi Vermaas
Founder I Disruptor I Mother of 12


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