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It's Never Too Late

Uploaded: Feb 17, 2016
(Written by Lori McCormick)

While the statistics tend to vary depending on the organization conducting the research, between 38% - 44% of post-secondary students in the United States are adult learners (over the age of 25). We tend to think college is only for 18-22 year olds, but the reality is many adults who bypassed college upon high school graduation are re-shifting their academic goals and pursuing a post-secondary education.

A demanding economy plays a significant part in motivating people to take their education to the next level. We all know that the higher the education level, the greater the opportunities. With the rise of part-time and full-time online and/or weekend degree programs, non-traditional adult learners are finding it more accessible to obtain a degree while juggling work and family life. They are also attending community colleges, enrolling in certificate, continuing, or professional development courses, and/or receiving training in their workplace - all of which open doors of opportunity for advancement in personal, professional, and financial arenas.

Aside from certificate or degree seeking adults, there are also Life Learners; people who love to learn for the sake of learning. Our local Adult Schools not only offer much needed ESL (English as a Second Language) courses, but a variety of enrichment courses of every interest: Arts and Crafts, Languages, Health and Wellness, Computers - the list goes on and on.

This just goes to prove that you’re never too old to continue your education, and you’re never too old to learn something new.
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