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Foothill grad earns degree entirely online

Original post made on Jun 27, 2014

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 27, 2014, 2:48 PM

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Posted by Valedictorian Covered in Cheetos
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

But in the picture, he's on the campus of Foothill. Why not a picture of him in pajamas?

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Posted by Zekkular Bulgaris
a resident of Willowgate
on Jun 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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Good for him!

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

What a shame James Sommermann didn't get to experience what would be the most positive aspect of college -- interacting with his classmates. From personal experience, I found that these interactions made college truly worthwhile -- and in a number of cases, it was these interactions that allowed me to gain a true grasp of the course material.

One can only hope Mr. Sommermann learns that lesson at UC Berkeley.

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Posted by Scott Lamb
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm

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It's great that they offer students a choice. Some programs - like San Jose State's Masters in Library Information Science - no longer offer any in-person classes! My wife got that degree and would have rather gone to class. I think they didn't take away in-person classes because they thought it'd be better for students. Instead, they wanted to cram more students through than is realistic for the field, most of them with lucrative out-of-state tuition[*], at a low cost.

[*] I used the common term, but out-of-state tuition isn't just for people who live out-of-state anymore. It's called "special session" now, and they charge higher rates for anyone who doesn't live in zip codes 936xx - 958xx. Web Link

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Posted by 15 years in Mountain View
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jul 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I am very impressed with this young man's drive and discipline, it is not easy to complete an entire degree remotely, especially: one where other students are local, and one that feeds into Cal, one of the worlds best universities. Kudos to Foothill also for offering the program.

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