New CARE Center Helps Adults Return to College
A new program at MCC, the Center for Adults Returning to Education (CARE), will ease the way for those 21 years old and older as they return to school to complete their Associate's Degree. They must have attended a college in New Jersey between 2000 and 2009 but not be currently enrolled; have at least 31 college credits with a 2.5 grade point average or better; and be in good academic standing.
A CARE counselor will assist them during the enrollment process, and several departments will offer special workshops and tutoring throughout the academic year. The application fee is waived for participants and they will also receive a $200 voucher at the College Bookstore each semester.
"Adults 'Stop-Out' of college for a variety of reasons – personal, financial or job-related," said Marla Brinson, dean of enrollment and student support services. "Many are nervous about coming back to school and may hesitate and procrastinate. They know they need a college degree but are constantly putting it off. We understand that and want to make the transition back as easy as possible."
Dorothea Spencer works as a medical record analyst, and says a degree is important to her future. She has enrolled in the CARE program.
"I was nervous about going back to school," she said. "I'm 53 years old and thought I was too old. But I met with an admissions representative at Middlesex and she was very encouraging. I think having a counselor to help guide me through the process one-on-one is going to be a big help."
Ms. Spencer, who is majoring in Liberal Arts/Psychology, has 41 credits from several colleges; she plans to graduate from Middlesex and transfer to a four-year college or university and earn a bachelor's degree. "In my job, it is essential to have a degree," she said.
The CARE Center is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.