January 26, 2020
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Thinking about college?

Community Author: Carolyn Haskell
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Denise Pendleton | Contributed
Denise Pendleton | Contributed

BELFAST — Is college still worth it? According to a recent broadcast on NPR, it is for many reasons:

“Adults are feeling that, as long as they have a job, they don’t need to go to college,” he [Doug Shapiro from the National Clearinghouse] says. “And yet many of those jobs today don’t really have the career potential or the earnings potential to support a family that they could get if they had a college degree.” In addition to increased earnings over time, research shows that having a college degree means you are less likely to be unemployed and more likely to weather uncertain economic conditions, such as a recession. So if people are choosing not to go to college right now, there may be consequences down the road.

However, jumping into college without preparation and support is not always the best pathway to success, especially if you are an adult learner who has completed some college courses in the past or one who has never attended college. Let the staff of the College Connection, a no cost College Transitions Program, help you prepare for the next step, whether it’s a short term certificate, or a two- or four-year-degree. We recognize that each student has unique needs, and we always do our best to accommodate those needs to give each student the best possible learning experience. 

As a College Connection student, you will have a supportive setting to learn or relearn the academic skills you need to succeed in college. Your instructors will work closely with you to make sure your math, English, and college readiness skills are where they need to be to help you be as prepared as possible for college. We even have tutors who help students while they are in our program as well as once they’ve entered college!

We also provide comprehensive academic advising and career planning designed just for your needs. You will have guidance with every aspect of getting ready for college including applying for financial aid, finding scholarships, and completing college applications. Many of our students receive scholarships that are renewable each year and provide funds for childcare, mileage, and other expenses beyond their college tuition. We’re here for you every step of the way; we’ll help you succeed! 

If you are thinking about college, make the College Connection your first step toward a future that makes you the professional you want to be! Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting on Feb. 4. We now accept students on an ongoing basis throughout the semester and can set up custom college readiness plans to move you towards your goals in the most efficient manner possible.

This program will help you chart a course for your future – no matter where you are right now. Take the first step and call for more information or to schedule an intake. Don’t wait too long to take advantage of this opportunity to build the future you dream about. If you would like to find out more about the program, view our spring schedule and read what our students have had to say, visit our website at  https://sites.google.com/site/belfastcollegeconnection/. College Connection helped them take this big step toward life goals; let us do the same for you! FMI contact Carolyn Haskell at 930-2434 or collegeconnection@rsu71.org.

NEW Location: Belfast Adult Education, 39 Lions Way, Belfast, Maine 

Directions: We are now located at Belfast Area High School (BAHS). Enter at the traditional BAHS driveway off Waldo Avenue. Then, follow the driveway up the hill, past the BAHS front door and swimming pool area to the south side of the school. Follow the driveway around to the right as far as its goes, and you will see the entrance with signs indicating Belfast Adult Education and RSU #71’s Central Office.