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Class Acts: Online Student with College Credit to Get Philosophical

Learning Liftoff’s Class Acts series profiles inspiring online education graduates. Their stories showcase how individualized, award-winning curriculum and technology combine to greatly influence student success and help propel the pursuit of post-graduate dreams.

Given his affinity for computers, online learning proved the right fit for Matthew Bachman, a 2015 Nevada Virtual Academy (NVVA) graduate who has earned $7,000 in scholarships to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

“I liked that [NVVA] was self-paced, allowing me plan my school around my life as opposed to planning my life around school,” Matthew said. “Online learning has the advantage of giving a student independence as well as one-on-one [learning] experience that may help in the future.

“My favorite part of NVVA was the dual-credit program, which allowed me to take college-level classes that gave high school and college credits.”

When it came to applying college credit, Matthew was looking for a school that would offer him the opportunity to study philosophy and theology, with an eye toward possibly teaching those subjects in the future.

“I was looking for a university with an advanced philosophy program,” he said. “My parents liked the fact that [Franciscan University] was small, which is good to start out with.”

Matthew, who was named NVVA’s Computer Science Student of the Year and enjoys playing strategy games such as Chess and Go as well as eSports games when time permits, began participating in K12 schooling in fourth grade.

“We have been very satisfied with the program and both my sons have benefited greatly from it,” his mom Mickey Bachman said.

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Seth Livingstone is a veteran writer and editor who has spent much of his career in sports journalism covering multiple Olympic Games, Super Bowls, World Series, and Daytona 500s. He covered the Boston Red Sox throughout the 1980s and 1990s before joining USA Today and Baseball Weekly in 1999. He maintains his membership in the Baseball Writers Association of America and is a Hall of Fame voter. Seth holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and has also worked as a substitute teacher (all grades and subjects). He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and has two grown children.

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