MASON CITY, Iowa – According to the latest statistics from the National Center for Education, nearly 4 million adults who are 35 or older were enrolled in a degree-granting institution last fall.
It seems the number of adults pursuing higher education is making a comeback, but is it worth it?
North Iowa Area Community College is holding an open house to anyone 23 and older who wants to go back to school, whether it’s to get a 4-year degree or a certification.
Enrollment advisors will be on-hand after a short presentation to answer the tough questions any student faces when thinking about higher education.
One of those advisors says, 4 years ago, NIACC had more than 1,000 adult students enrolled in classes.
Those numbers fell during the recent economic downturn, but now, they’re starting to creep back up.
NIACC Enrollment Advisor, Chris Frenz says the evening is about helping people figure out how going back to school will fit into their lives, but it’s definitely not a pressure situation
“I think they’re scared coming out here sometimes, just because they’re thinking, hey I’m 37 years old and everyone else is 18. Well, if you walk out on the NIACC campus at anytime, you’re going to see people who are of all ages. Anywhere from 18, 19 to 50 plus as a matter of fact. So, that’s a great thing about the community college is that you can come out and assimilate into the population pretty easily and the people who come out here are very very successful, especially the adult students that come out here and go to school.”
Frenz says some of the more popular degrees or certificates are the automotive, industrial and nursing programs.
The event is being held Wednesday, from 4:00PM – 6:00PM at the NIACC Activities Center.