Open House for Adults in Transition May 7;
MCCC to Offer
Special Schedules for Adult Learners

4/1/08


Mercer County Community College invites adults seeking to return to education, re-enter the workforce, change careers, or prepare for a rewarding retirement to an Open House Information Session on Wednesday, May 7, 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 Open House will provide information to adults in transition, including 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 staff members may address specific concerns.

Among the many options available at Mercer are credit certificate and degree programs, noncredit courses and certificate programs, and training through the Career Training Institute at Mercer's James Kerney campus. New this fall is the opportunity to complete an associate degree in Business Administration or Liberal Arts through the "LearnNOW" program, with classes that meet nights, online and weekends. The classes vary in length from 8 to 15 weeks to accommodate busy schedules, with many meeting on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Online classes may be applied toward the degree.

Strang 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."

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 is continuing its "C.A.R.E." program (Classes for Adults Returning to Education). Courses this spring and summer will help participants get "college ready," through a review of basic math operations and college reading and writing abilities utilized in the College Skills Placement Test.

Strang observes that adult learners are often balancing school with 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," she said.

Admission to the May 7 Open House is free. Light refreshments will be served. To register, call (609) 570-3311 or email strangl@mccc.edu.

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