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Soldiers overseas can enroll in online college courses

The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Republic

TEMPE – As Army Sgt. Joel Ruiz serves in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division, the Mesa resident also is pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

It’s an option that was not available to troops in wars gone by, but now they are taking online courses from bases on the battlefield.

Ruiz, 23, is one of more than 1,300 Army troops enrolled at Tempe’s Rio Salado College who are taking courses online through the eArmyU program.

Many of those soldiers, like Ruiz, have continued their education while being deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army says the mission of eArmyU is to increase retention and develop “educated, technology-savvy soldiers.”

Students enroll in courses at low or no cost while on active duty. They have access to online tutors and counseling services.

The other branches offer similar courses.

Rio Salado’s military enrollment is down from its peak after troop deployments to the Middle East, said Chris Bustamante, the college’s vice president for community development and student services. Bustamante expects the number to rise once fewer soldiers are overseas.

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