Some unsurprising news about adult students

Although community college enrollments overall are flat or slightly declining, they are still a prime option for adults wanting to re-enter the workforce.  But of course, that's been part of their mission for some time.  From The Tennessean.

At Nashville State, 214 students over 55 were enrolled last semester, holding steady to the fall 2010 semester. But at Volunteer State Community College, people 50-64 were the second-fastest-growing group of students, up 40 percent from 2007 to 2011. Those ages 17 and under were the fastest.
There were 4,724 boomers enrolled in the state’s 13 community colleges last year.
Officials with Nashville State and Vol State say the retention rate is high among seasoned students. At Nashville State, it was 69 percent in fall 2010, compared with 59 percent for all full-time returning freshmen.

“Typically, adult learners know what they are getting into, and they come in here with a plan,” said Tim Amyx, the registrar and director of admissions at Volunteer State. “There is nothing that distracts them, and they are going to succeed.”


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