Workshops Help Adults Transition into College

by Alana J. Mauger

Montgomery County Community College will offer additional Career Transition Workshops in Blue Bell and Pottstown for adults who may be thinking about returning to college.

The next set of Career Transitions Workshops will be held on Tuesday, May 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the College’s West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown, and on Thursday, June 5 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The workshops are open to all adults and are free of charge, although pre-registration is requested. For more information or to RSVP, contact Denise Collins at 215-619-7313 or dcollins@mc3.edu.

During the workshops, prospective students will get an overview of the resources available to help them transition into college. Topics include using MCCC’s website and online registration tools, financial aid, assessment of credits for prior learning, stackable credentials, career pathways, and job search tools.

After the initial sessions, MCCC advisors will follow up with participants one-on-one to help them identify programs and pathways that are right for them.

“Our goal is help adult learners be comfortable and successful at the College. We want this to be a place where they can get back on track with their education and transition into new careers,” said Denise Collins, who manages the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant at MCCC.

The grant is helping Montgomery to develop a robust Prior Learning Assessment model and stackable credentials for adult students as part of the JobTrakPA framework—a joint initiative of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges to train and place underemployed and unemployed residents of the Commonwealth in high demand jobs.

The workshop also connects to the College’s participation in the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, which looks to train 10,000 baby boomers for high-demand jobs through 2015.

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