When Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Varner’s workday ended, he went to college, taking classes in religion, math, environmental science, and persuasive writing. But Varner never set foot on campus. Instead, he turned on his laptop computer and connected to the internet from a military base in Afghanistan. Taking advantage of the Army’s online education program, Varner is just one of thousands of soldiers who have pursued degrees while serving in combat zones and bases around the world, reports the Kansas City Star. After just three years, the program–called GoArmyEd–now serves 96,000 troops enrolled in some 200,000 courses taught by 145 accredited colleges and universities. About 34 percent of eligible Army soldiers are enrolled in online classes, said Jim Sweizer, vice president of military programs for the corporate-owned American Public University System. The Army program offers one-stop shopping for troops. By logging onto GoArmyEd, an online portal, soldiers can learn how much tuition aid is available, register for courses, contact colleges and universities, and even check their grades. One reason Army participation is so high is because troops can connect to the internet at most land bases, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sweizer said…

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