UNR tells Carson adults that college is possible

Going to college can be overwhelming at any age. But for older students, it can be especially daunting.

The University of Nevada, Reno is planning a workshop in Carson City to prepare adult students to pursue higher education.

"College is a life-long experience," said Teresa Williams of adult student services at UNR. "There are people who really want to go back and feel it is impossible, but it is not."

Williams said the workshop will target students over the age of 24 who want to return to college or begin for the first time.

It will cover topics such as financial aid, tutoring, overcoming obstacles and how to transfer credits from other educational institutions.

"We go through step-by-step what you need to do," Williams said. "If they're considering going back but there's something standing in the way, they might find it's not an obstacle after all."

Williams said that many Carson City residents have attended similar workshops in Reno, but this one will be more accessible.

"We want to reach out to other communities close to UNR," she said. "We'd like to make our presence known in Carson and help the people there instead of making them drive all the way to us."

The university also makes an effort to reach out to adult students.

"We want to be a resource for them," Williams said. "They are very busy. They have lives outside of the university. They have jobs and kids to manage."

The university offers a one-credit class that teaches successful study skills where adult students can meet their peers and form study groups.

The benefits of a college education go beyond the promise of making more money.

"It's very fulfilling," Williams said. "It opens your eyes and makes you think about things you've never thought about."

Potential students must call and RSVP before attending the workshop.

Williams said they are hoping for a large turnout.

"We feel like college is for everybody," she said.

If you go

What: College is Possible workshop

When: Thursday, June 1 at 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Nevada State Library & Archives

To RSVP: 784-7049


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