Melton, the University of Phoenix graduate, says he's pleased he did his homework and found the right program for him. Today, he's happily employed at a nonprofit in South Carolina.
"I encourage people considering [an online degree] to take a comprehensive view," he says. "Consider the for-profits and nonprofits, and think about what works for you."
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