It can be daunting to return to the classroom after a few - or more than a few - years away. To help assure success, several area colleges and universities have designed programs and services especially for students who are "nontraditional" - that is, not fresh from high school.
Features tailored to returning students include flexible scheduling, independent and online study, accelerated courses and Sunday-only programs. Degrees that appeal to adult learners often focus on high-employment fields. For laid-off workers, programs may be structured for completion during a government-funded retraining period. Assistance with financial aid applications, training in use of the college library, peer tutoring and study sessions can make the difference for adults weighing the decision to pursue a degree.
A Regional College Open House on Sunday, May 2, at Cayuga Community College in Auburn will showcase 10 institutions offering just such features for adults who need to weave higher education around work and family. Among the participating colleges, several will highlight the 26 bachelor's and master's degrees they offer to local learners through evening and weekend study at Cayuga's Auburn campus.
From noon to 2:00 p.m. in the main building lobby, representatives will be on hand from
- Cayuga Community College
- Cazenovia College
- Ithaca College - Gerontology Institute
- Keuka College - Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP)
- Le Moyne College
- Morrisville State College
- SUNY College at Cobleskill
- SUNY College at Oswego
- University College at Syracuse University
- Wells College