LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced College has a suggestion for people who are starting the year with what seem to be limited career prospects: an online associates degree or certificate may be your first big step to a better life. A high school diploma might be an important start on to a successful lifetime, but by itself it is simply not sufficient. Some people who actually have college educations might need to seek out specialized training in a specific field. Others, who are interested in accounting, for example, may be hesitant to move forward in this perpetually strong and lucrative field due to such responsibilities as families or full-time jobs. An online accounting degree might well be the solution. Advanced College offers a selection of outstanding Associate Degree and training certificate programs that are uniquely suited to today's world in that they offer an extremely high level of flexibility. Students wishing to earn degrees in such areas as accounting, business administration, and healthcare management, or who want to obtain certificates in a number of promising fields, will find that they can work the necessary study and training into their daily schedules with Advanced College. Many courses are available in widely respected online versions ranging from degree and certificate programs for medical assistants to an online business administration degree. In cases where some in-person study or training is retired, Advance College offers hybrid instruction that allows students to work both online, where feasible, and in-person, where necessary. Numerous Advance College students have found that taking advantage of the educational possibilities afforded at the school, both online and at its Southern California campus in South Gate, has transformed their career prospects. Advanced College students have reported that the knowledge and practical know-how they have obtained from their schooling has made them serious contenders for numerous jobs, increasing both their level of competence and their sense of self-worth. For students who are interested in moving on to a four-year college degree, the news gets even more encouraging. Through an articulation agreement, Advanced College graduates are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition with Kaplan University. Many students have been surprised at how quickly they can obtain a Bachelor's degree through this process.