Adult Learners

Changes in the world economy have put a premium on an educated workforce, which explains why more than half of today’s postsecondary students nationally attend school part time, and almost 40 percent work full time. More and more adults are looking for ways to upgrade and expand their skills in an effort to improve or protect their economic position. Yet adults face significant obstacles to coming back, staying in school, and then earning their postsecondary credentials. Too often, they find themselves blocked by the traditional structure and organization of higher education.

In addition, given their years away from the classroom, they often need help through innovative academic programming, increased and creative financial aid opportunities, and support services that may include remediation.

Columbus State Community College received several grants for programs focused on training underemployed and dislocated workers for entry-level in-demand jobs in the area.

According to Skills in Demand: Building a Middle-Skill Workforce to Grow the Columbus Region, a report by JP Morgan Chase & Co. New Skills at Work initiative, more must be done to build

bridges across workforce development, human services, adult education and postsecondary systems so that more low-skilled and unemployed individuals are ready and able to participate in middle-skill education and training programs.


Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, adults can earn up to 8 supply chain management certificates through online courses.

Accelerated Manufacturing Careers +×

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, adults can earn certifications for manufacturing positions in operations, welding and industrial maintenance through semester-long courses.

Green Infrastructure Educational program +×

Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, adults can earn certifications for entry-level jobs in green infrastructure. Huckleberry House, Alvis House and Columbus Urban League connect unemployed individuals they work with to this program.

Mary, Columbus State
At 61, when most people begin winding down their careers, Mary is just getting started.