Venus Williams is pursuing higher education in an unlikely location. The tennis star who grew up in Compton and has lived in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is studying at an Indiana college.
The Indy Channel reports Indiana University East has confirmed Williams is working on a bachelor's degree in business through the school's online degree-completion program.
Venus is part of a growing trend of busy people studying online. In 2010, 6.2 million students were enrolled in online classes, according to Marketdata Enterprises Inc. That translates to 30 percent of all post-secondary education enrollment being done on the Web. By 2015, research predicts 37 percent of all post-secondary enrollments will be taken online.
Earlier this summer, Venus was spied wearing an IU East sweatshirt during play across the pond at Wimbledon.
She sent out a tweet that said "Go red wolves!!!"
School officials say Williams, 31, came to them for their online program. She is apparently interested in visiting the Indiana University East campus.
Williams has a good start on a business career. She is already the chief executive officer of her own interior design firm "V Starr Interiors," and she launched her own fashion line in 2007.
Williams has a net worth of $60 million, making her the second highest earning female athlete in the world behind her sister, Serena.