Plus 50 Encore Completion Program
Going to college at any age can be a challenge. For those returning to school after years of working a job or managing a home and family, even going through the enrollment process can be demanding. Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) recognizes this, which is why in spring 2013 the college became part of the American Association of Community Colleges' Plus 50 Initiative.
The Plus 50 program was started nationally in 2008 to help laid-off workers get back to the labor force. It has expanded beyond workforce training and career development to include learning and enrichment and volunteering for the group often referred to as "age-less learners." More than 21 percent of Virginia's part-time college students are over the age of 40, according to the American Association of Community Colleges 2012 statistics.
Adult learners bring much experience to the classroom, but they also have many commitments beyond school. Some of you might be concerned about assuming the role of student. This guide is designed to smooth your re-entry into education by preparing you for what you will encounter and explaining how you can navigate your way to success.
Here are questions to think about as you explore these resources. You do not necessarily need to have the answers yet. Learning is a lifelong process.
- Why am I going to college? What is my goal? Complete this statement as part of your planning your college time: "I want to ..."
- How many hours a week do I have for school? For study?
- Am I up-to-speed on computer use? If not, do I have access to a computer to practice? Are there classes available to improve my skills?
- Do I have transportation concerns?
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