Thursday, August 2, 2012

It's never too late to learn new skills

From 2000 to 2009, enrollment of non-traditional students jumped more than 25 percent. NCES anticipates that number to swell another 23 percent between 2010 and 2019. The growth of students younger than that is expected to rise only 9 percent during that time period.
The trend is perhaps no more apparent than at Germanna.

James Powers started college 22 years ago. Then he stopped. There was marriage, children, his day job tracking satellites at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren.
Finally, in 2006, at the age of 50, Powers decided it was time to finish what he'd begun. He wanted to do it for himself. He also knows how important a college education is in today's competitive job market.
Powers enrolled in Germanna Community College, where he could take classes on campus in the evenings or online at his home in Spotsylvania County. He still worked fulltime. His children weren't yet teenagers.
But in May 2009, Powers earned an associate degree in general studies. He was 53. He earned a bachelor's in liberal studies online from the University of Oklahoma in December. Now he's working on his master's.


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