In 2009, students aged 25 and older accounted for roughly 40 percent of all college and graduate students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That figure is expected to rise to 43 percent by 2020 as 9.6 million older students head to campus. (NBC News, August 28, 2014)
Many adult learners have waited a long time for their dream of earning a college degree to become reality. Some adults wait because they are concerned about their academic skills. Others are unsure if they will fit in with a more traditional aged student population. Some don’t know if they can afford college. Some are concerned about transferring credits from a previously attended college or university. Some adults just feel generally overwhelmed by the whole idea of college. If you have been away from school for awhile and have concerns about returning, Middlesex Community College is ready to help.
Introducing At Last!, the Adult Learner Student Team. Becoming a member of MxCC’s new At Last! program is easy and has many benefits. The program consists of a college success seminar during the first semester, individual and group advising, and monthly group meetings for support and friendship.
All of this will be under the direction of the Dean of Students so adult learners will have immediate and continued access to a senior ranking college official who can help with a wide variety of issues that may come up.
The college success seminar will help students learn how to study more effectively, set priorities and manage time, consider career options, and become familiar with the services offered at MxCC. One major aspect of the course will be instruction in the use of Blackboard, our course management system, which is used extensively in traditional on-ground courses as well as online courses. This instruction will help you feel comfortable with the technology needed to participate in online courses if online work suits your schedule and learning style.
Roughly 40 percent of America’s college students are non-traditional students. They are workers who’ve gone back to school, former members of the military embarking on new careers and single parents wanting to do better for their families. (Alan Tripp, The Washington Post, March 25, 2011)
How to apply:
Contact the Middlesex Community College Admissions Office at 860-343-5719 and tell our staff that you are interested in
At Last! You will be told how you can apply to the college and how to make an appointment for a placement test. Your name and contact information will then be forwarded to Dr. Adrienne Maslin, Dean of Students and At Last! Program Director for follow-up. Most communication is handled by email so please check your email frequently.