Free Workshop Aims to Help Non-Traditional Students Prepare For College

August 22, 2011

Older students who want to return to college and may be struggling to take the first step are encouraged to attend a workshop that will guide them through the enrollment process. St. Charles Community College will host a free Returning Learners Workshop from 6-9:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 19-20 on the SCC campus.

SCC hosts several free Returning Learners Workshops throughout the year, in cooperation with the SCC Returning Learners support group. The group provides “non-traditional,” older students a place to turn for help and advice.

“Many people are uncertain about taking that first step in returning to school,” said Andrea Crouch, Returning Learners advisor and SCC academic counselor. “These workshops explore the educational opportunities that are available to prepare returning learners for a new career or a lifestyle change.”

The workshop will cover goal setting and decision-making, self-confidence building, study skills, career exploration, assertiveness training, time management, stress management and financial assistance information. Participants will also learn about SCC programs, courses, the Returning Learners support group and other services for adults.

Career and academic counselors will discuss the logistics and goals of going back to school as adults, parents and professionals. Participants will learn about the various ways to pay for college, such as financial aid and scholarships. 

The Sept. workshop will be held in the Private Dining Room of the Student Center on the SCC campus, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville.

For more information or to register for the workshop, call Crouch at 636-922-8248. The workshop is free, but reservations are required. 

Established in 1986, St. Charles Community College is celebrating 25 years as a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.

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