Online programs are offered by two post-secondary institutions in Delaware. Of these accredited online colleges, both are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 48 online certificate programs, 546 online associate programs, 717 online bachelor’s programs, 470 online master’s programs, 576 online professional programs, and 106 online doctoral programs. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from sports management to music to communications.
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Emerging out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Delaware is showing signs of competitiveness as the global economy reorients itself. Large corporations are turning their eyes toward the Diamond State, as firms like Hologic, Kraft, and General Electric bring new jobs to the area. Delaware’s preparing for a future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields where there are more than 3.8 jobs for every available worker.
Delaware’s unemployment rate is on par with the national average at 7.2 percent. The state’s labor market is much improved compared to a year ago. Entrepreneurial professionals ought to look for knowledge-based work in the fields of construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities, and information services.
The average wage of Delaware employees is more than the average wage for employees across the country. Employees in Delaware earn an average annual income of $46,870 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The median income for employees is $35,900 per year, with the top 10 percent earning over $87,260 per year and the bottom 10 percent earning under $17,990 per year.
Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Online school tuition in Delaware ranged from $9,240 to $12,300 per year.
Delaware online schools are accredited by the Middle States Consortium on Higher Education. Federally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the MSCHE assures students, teachers, and all stakeholders that the schools it accredits meet clear standards for quality educational and financial performance. By attending an accredited school or program, students are eligible to subsidize their education with federal financial aid packages.
Located in the Northeast region of the United States, Delaware was named from Delaware River and Bay, which were named from Sir Thomas West, the 12th Baron De La Warr. With an area of 2,489 square miles, it is the 3rd smallest state in the US. Approximately 54°F is Delaware’s average annual temperature.
Delaware has the 7th smallest population in the nation. It has an estimated population of 897,934 residents residing in its 3 counties. About 39 percent of Delaware’s population is under the age of 30. The diversity of the population is average when compared with that of other states in the nation, with about 35 percent of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.
Although Delaware’s capital city is Dover, the largest city in the state is Wilmington, with a population of 70,851 residents. Approximately 12.67 percent of the state’s residents live in the Wilmington metropolitan area. Some of the other populous cities in Delaware include Dover, Newark, Bear, and Georgetown.
Delaware residents generally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the nation. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 21.8 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 5.6 percent have at least an associates degree, 4.7 percent have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.