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Top 10 Reasons to Attend North Lake College

10. Location. NLC is close to home so you can juggle work and family responsibilities with your education.

9. Support.  NLC Student Support Services will give you the tools and resources you need to succeed.

8. Convenience. Classes are offered days and evenings and in a variety of formats to best meet your schedule.

7. Affordability. At $52.00 per credit hour for Dallas County residents, you’ll save money without sacrificing quality academics.

6. Choices. At NLC, you can choose from more than 75 different career options.

5. Transfer Credits: NLC has transfer agreements through its University Partnership so you can continue your college career if you choose.

4. Employer Valued: Employers are satisfied with NLC graduates they supervise.

3. Hands-on Experience: At NLC, you get out of the books and into hands-on job preparation skills to prepare you for the work world.

2. Career Placement: NLC graduates are employable. College classes place emphasis on developing hard skills alongside knowledge and foundational concepts.

1. Faculty Who Care: With an excellent student/teacher ratio, you’ll get more one-on-one time with your instructors. Our faculty know you by name, prepare you for life after graduation and always care about your success.  Besides, it’s personal.

Considering A Career Change?

If you’re thinking about a career change, don’t miss out on NLC’s Career Services. Designed specifically for students looking to map out their career goals, change course or re-enter the workforce, North Lake College Career Services provide unlimited access to career information, one-on-one meetings with counselors and details to turn your dream for a new career into reality. Visit www.northlakecollege.edu.

But I’m not ready to retire

By 2019, workers 55 and older will comprise 25 percent of the U.S. workforce. Many human resources managers expect this change will result in a shortage of qualified workers.

This makes a good case for older workers and corporations to redefine retirement according to “The Business Case for Workers Age 50+,” a study conducted by Tower and Perrins for AARP.

Fortunately, more people want to continue to work beyond traditional retirement age. Nearly 70 percent of workers age 45-74 said they want to work in some capacity during retirement. Some of the solutions offered by trailblazing corporations to keep older employees in the workplace are flexible work schedules, telecommuting, training and education, phased retirements and “bridge jobs.” These options allow older workers to stay on the job, just at a more relaxed pace. Learn more at www.aarp.org/money/careers.

Working it out at home

How can you arrange to work and go to school at the same time?  Here are some ideas from the book The Adult Student’s Guide to Survival and Success:

• If you work part-time, try to schedule your courses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only or just mornings or afternoons.

• If you work full-time, sign up for evening or weekend courses that don’t conflict with the traditional work week.

• Take some courses online to limit your drive times, logging on when it’s convenient for you.

Websites to Boost Your Career Smarts

An informed decision is always the best decision. Here are four sites packed with career facts to help you make one of the most important decisions of your life:

Occupational Information Network
(www.online.onetcenter.org)
– Check out the nation’s primary source of career information.

America’s Career InfoNet (www.acinet.org) – Research career trends by region or occupation and gather information on wages and skills.

Adult Student Center (www.adultstudentcenter.com) – Don’t miss this site tailored to adult students.

FastWeb! (www.fastweb.com) – Find out about scholarships and plan your college journey.

College at Any Age

The term “non-traditional” in education sometimes refers to a person’s age, meaning you are not a student right out of high school.  But it’s not a disadvantage. Often your previous experiences and maturity make you a better student and a better job candidate to employers.

Every year about six million adults head back to college. They range in age from 25 to 65 and sometimes beyond. Students once referred to as “non-traditional” are becoming more and more common on campuses. In fact, the over-40 college student is the fastest-growing segment in higher education.

The reasons can range from a layoff to a promotion to a long-deferred dream. There is no doubt getting a college degree gets a bit more complicated with kids, mortgages, and day jobs, but most adult students discover it’s well worth it.

Your decision to return to school probably is going to be the result of some soul-searching. The first step is to explore yourself, your values, skills and interests, and your hopes and dreams. Then explore the job options that fit your goals. And if the result is a career that requires more education, start planning how you can make that happen.

There are some advantages to being older and having a job before returning to school. Often you can test out of classes if you have extensive work experience in the field – saving you both time and money. If you’re working while you go to school, many businesses will fund all or part of your tuition if your classes relate to your current profession.

There is nothing “non-traditional” about entering into a career that feels natural to you, no matter your age.

Are you Ready for Online?

Busy students can save time and gasoline by taking an online course. Take this quiz to see if online learning is right for you:

  1. Can I effectively use a web browser?
  2. Can I access the Internet at least three times per week?
  3. Do I have basic keyboarding skills?
  4. Do I know how to send and view emails and attachments?
  5. Can I easily follow written instructions?

Find out more about North Lake College online courses at
www.northlakecollege.edu/schedule.