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July 6, 2007



Higher education knows no age limit In today's uncertain, competitive job market, many adults are making bold, strategic decisions about their future. As director of community programs for the Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer County Community College, I am continually amazed and gratified by the brave journeys adult students undertake. Consider the truck mechanic who returned to college to earn his nursing degree, or the Liberian refugee turned honors accounting grad, or the bachelor's degree graduate who completed the non-credit Certificate in Drug Development and Clinical Research program and now works in the clinical research field.

Virtually every adult who seeks our services is in transition -- whether he or she is training for a new career, updating skills for an existing job, restarting his or her education after taking a break, or preparing for a vital and stimulat ing retirement. To help make re- entry into education as painless as possible, MCCC has created CARE (Classes for Adults Return ing to Education). New classes this fall will focus on conquering test anxiety and bolstering skills in reading/writing and math.

We invite adults to get to know us better at an information ses sion at the MCCC Conference Center Aug. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, where staff members will be on hand to help participants sift through their options and develop their college plans.

There is no age limit to improving one's skills or enhancing one's life.

-- LORNA STRANG, West Windsor The writer is director of community programs, Mercer County Community College Center for Continuing Studies.




2007 The Times. Used with permission.