Since my college graduation in 1989, it has been on my “bucket list” to pursue a master’s degree in Computer Science. 

During the mid-1990’s AT&T offered an onsite graduate program at my office in New Jersey. But I was traveling for my job upwards of 48 weeks a year and unable to commit to classroom instruction.

In the late 1990’s I gave birth to my twins. The demands of raising two infants/toddlers coupled with working full time didn’t lend itself to tackling a demanding graduate program.

Then, last year I heard about the Online Master of Science in Computer Science in the exciting new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format.   I applied, was accepted and began my MOOC experience today. 

With the ability to work towards a degree wherever there is a broadband connection, this opportunity came at the right time and right place in my life.

With the ability to work towards a degree wherever there is a broadband connection, this opportunity came at the right time and right place in my life.  My children are older.  And I can devote time at night, on the weekends or even on my lunch hour without having to step a foot outside my workplace. I work and live in a “remote” part of New Jersey and not having to drive two hours several times a week is immensely appealing.

Georgia Tech has a nationally recognized Masters of Computer Science program and Udacity is known for innovation. So I am excited (and nervous!) to begin this next journey.

My current position is a Principal Technical Architect in AT&T’s organization supporting Cloud initiatives.  I am aiming for a dual specialization in Systems and Networking. I hope to broaden my breadth of skills in these areas, and enhance AT&T’s portfolio of offerings.

 Most importantly, I want my children to see education is never wasted, you are never too old to learn, and when given an opportunity like this, you take it.

This content originally appeared on the AT&T Consumber Blog.

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About the Author

Beth Sackner

Principal Technical Architect, AT&T

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Beth Sackner is based in Middletown, NJ.

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