Stay-at-home Mom Benefits from Distance Learning to Earn IT Degree and Relaunch Career

AURORA, Colo. – May 24, 2012 – Distance education has paved the way for stay-at-home moms to go back to school and get a degree without needing to leave their home. Just ask Sudha Krishnan, who recently completed her Bachelor of Science Information Systems degree – more than a decade later.

Krishnan started her college education in India in the 1990s, taking computer programming courses through the National Institute of Information Technology.

“”I’ve always been curious about technology,” says Krishnan, whose mother was a math teacher and father was a mechanical engineer in the automobile industry. Krishnan started out working for her family business, implementing hardware and software programs and doing other accounting and computer work. Later, she worked for a medical transcription company.

Big Life Changes

A few years after completing her programming degree, Krishnan and her husband moved to California, where her husband started his career as a management consultant. Although she took some courses through the years at the American College of Information Systems, several personal matters took a front seat in Krishnan’s life.

For the time being, Krishnan’s priority was her family.

“In 2011, something struck me, and I felt it was time to finish my education,” say Krishnan. With 51 credits to go to earn her degree, she looked to American Sentinel University to resume her course work and laid out an 18-month schedule with her student success advisor to complete her Bachelor of Science Information Systems degree and relaunch her career.

A Well-rounded Degree

Krishnan decided to study information systems – combining her passion for technology and interest and experience in business.

The distance education Bachelor of Science Information Systems is ideal for students interested in acquiring a broad base of knowledge of computer information systems that can be applied in modern organizational settings.

“Information systems was a perfect fit for Sudha’s goals because it encompasses not only the technology of an organization, but how to use information systems to solve business problems,” says Ray Fernandez, IT Professor at American Sentinel University.

“Information systems offered a broader perspective,” says Krishnan. “Hardware and software is interesting, but I’ve always been interested in the business strategy and management of information systems.”

Grateful for Good Support

Krishnan’s husband and children were her cheerleaders as she took as many as five classes a term.

“I would sit down my kids and tell them, ‘mommy will be done in February. After that I’ll play with you as much as you want!'” Krishnan recalls. “I knew I could do it, but it wasn’t easy. My children respected what I was doing and were proud of me and that was very motivating for me.”

Krishnan also had great support from another important person: her American Sentinel student success advisor. “I appreciated my advisor, Carmen, more than I can say,” she says. “She would call me regularly to make sure I was on track and hanging in there. One phone call from her would make a huge difference. She would tell me I could do it and those words were encouraging.”

Professor Fernandez says he had the pleasure of having Krishnan as a student in several of his classes and could see from the time she put in her class work, of a uniformly high quality, that that flexible, online classes were the perfect fit for her.

“Sudha puts as much effort in her class work as she puts into her exquisite and very demanding artistic work as a classic Indian dancer in the Karanas style. Both her class work and her dancing is in fact an art form,” says Professor Fernandez.

Achieving Her Goal – and Relaunching Her Career

Krishnan completed her Bachelor of Science Information Systems degree in February 2012 and is now eager to get back into the work force, in a business or systems analyst position.

“My goal is to gain experience, so I’m very open to industries,” she says. “I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned to a great new position.”

Krishnan is also considering a master’s degree down the road. “I hope to work my way up to a senior management position. I know the right thing is out there. I’m excited to find it.”

Learn More about American Sentinel’s Online Information Systems Degree Programs

The distance education Bachelor of Science Information Systems degree is ideal for students interested in acquiring a broad base of knowledge of computer information systems and the various uses of such systems in modern organizational settings.

American Sentinel’s online Information Systems degree teaches students to use information systems to solve business problems. Professionals with degrees in information systems can plan, coordinate, direct research and facilitate the computer-related activities of a business.

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited associate, bachelor’s and master’s online degree programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors, including information technology, computer science, GIS, health care, business administration, and business intelligence degrees. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.