MCCC Hosts Open House for Adults in Transition

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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College invites adults seeking to re-enter the workforce, change careers, or prepare for a rewarding retirement, to an Open House Information Session on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at MCCC's Conference Center, located on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

According to Lorna Strang, MCCC's director of community programs, the event will provide adults in transition with information about different routes to career success and personal enrichment at Mercer's West Windsor and James Kerney campuses. Representatives from both credit and noncredit programs will be on hand. Participants are encouraged to share their goals so that specific concerns may be addressed.

Strang observes that Mercer's commitment to lifelong learning has resulted in a wide array of courses designed to help people obtain the career credentials they need quickly and conveniently. She notes that the average age of Mercer students is 29. "Many of our students are not first-time college students, but rather, those returning to school who wish to pursue a new career direction." Others are nearing retirement and ready to try a field they may have put aside when they were younger.

Among the many options are credit certificate and degree programs, noncredit courses and certificate programs, and training through the Career Training Institute at Mercer's James Kerney campus. Courses for those approaching retirement focus on developing road maps and creative action plans, starting a small business, and exploring retirement job and volunteer opportunities. A long list of personal interest courses enables participants to rediscover dormant passions and interests or embrace new ones.

In an effort to help adult students who are returning to an academic environment after being away for many years, Mercer offers a new program entitled "C.A.R.E." (Classes for Adults Returning to Education). Courses this winter will help participants get "college ready," by offering strategies to overcome test-taking anxiety, review basic math operations, and enhance reading and writing abilities utilized in the College Skills Placement Test.

Strang observes that adult learners are often balancing school with a full-time job and family responsibilities. "Mercer's flexible scheduling and extensive experience with 'nontraditional' students makes us an ideal choice for this group. At the information session, our goal is to put a personal face on what can be a daunting prospect for adults who wish to return to the classroom."

Admission to the Jan. 16 Open House is free, and light refreshments will be served. To register call (609) 570-3311 or email strangl@mccc.edu.

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