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Date: March 15, 2018

World Champion Martial Artist is a Lumerit Scholar
Earns #1 World Ranking

Cameron Whorton can’t waste time. He can’t afford to.

The San Dimas, Calif., native works 40 hours a week in management at a Chick-fil-A restaurant. The 22-year-old competes regularly in martial arts competitions, spending two to three hours a day in training. Cameron also is in college as a Lumerit Scholar, spending several more hours a week taking online classes through the Lumerit, Global Digital Classroom.™

“I have to balance my work with my karate training and with school,” Cameron explains. “It’s kind of a lot to juggle, but I am working on it.”

He freely admits this ambitious schedule would not be possible without Lumerit, an education technology company and online content provider that has served more than 24,000 students from all 50 states and 48 countries with its Global Digital Classroom, allowing them to create degree plans with more than 1,000 colleges and universities through its Central Registrar’s Office.

“I like how my classes are paced,” Cameron said. “If I need to take longer on a class I can do that with whatever is going on like work or a karate tournament or another event. If I can’t get everything done in time, I can get an extension that allows me to finish.”

Cameron can’t be blamed for sometimes needing extra time for school work. The self-trained athlete travels around the country competing against international competition on the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) circuit. Competitors perform routines that are scored by judges, similar to gymnastics. Camron, a second-degree black belt, was the overall grand champion in a competition in Miami in 2017, as well as ending the year with the world champion No. 1 ranking in one of the five divisions he competes in.

“The NASKA circuit is the top-level karate circuit in the country and maybe even the world,” Cameron explained. “I haven’t seen karate athletes that are better than what’s on this circuit.”

Cameron first heard about the Lumerit Scholar program as a senior in high school through a friend who also was using the company to complete her college degree.

At the time, Cameron had no idea what he wanted to study in college or where he would go. One thing was certain, however. He didn’t want to give up karate, his passion since he was 12. He considered a more traditional program, but he didn’t want his classes to interfere with his training or competing in tournaments. His older brother, Jordan, also had been involved in martial arts competitions, but choose to go to a traditional college. Jordan gave up karate because of the time commitment and rigid schedule of classes.

The other factor that made Lumerit the right choice for Cameron was that the company offered a more affordable way for him to earn his college degree, according to his mom, Kate Whorton.  “Cameron’s older brother went to a traditional college, and we had a lot of debt,” she said. “A lot. We wanted to try something different with Cameron.”  When Cameron had mentioned the possibility of earning his degree as a  Lumerit, Scholar, she was supportive.

“We are pleased with the results,” Kate said. “Cameron is a martial artist, and he wanted to compete seriously, and the Lumerit Scholar program was perfect for his busy schedule.”

Rick Beyer, Lumerit’s CEO, said Cameron is a typical example of how today’s students struggle to balance work, family and personal passions with college schedules and massive, long-term debt.  “Every student has a unique set of circumstances that determine how they pursue their college degree,” he said. “As a Lumerit Scholar,   Cameron had the flexibility to build a course-by-course degree plan to allow him the fastest, most convenient and most cost-effective path to graduation.”

Cameron is on track to graduate in 2020 with an accounting degree and hopes to become a CPA. He completed several of his accounting classes through the University of Idaho, but will earn his degree with Thomas Edison University. He credits his Lumerit coaches for pointing him in the right direction that opened up the accounting option for him.

“The Lumerit Scholar program works so well with how busy I am being able to fit college in with the little time I have,” Cameron said. “If I would have had classes at certain set times, I don’t think I could have done as much as I have with my karate training and achieved as much as I have.”

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About Lumerit Education

Lumerit is an education technology company and primary content provider headquartered in San Antonio, TX. Through its Lumerit Scholar® program, the company is addressing the issues of college degree completion and affordability in the consumer, corporate, and international markets, using its highly flexible proprietary technology platform. Through its Learning Solutions division, the company also helps small and medium-sized colleges compete in the higher education online learning arena. Lumerit has served more than 24,000 students from all 50 states and 48 countries with its Global Digital Classroom™ allowing them to create degree plans with more than 1,000 colleges and universities through its Central Registrar’s Office.™