Adult Education Awareness Month at WSCC

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What's your next step? Mother of three shares her success story

amanda-reynolds-pic-3Whether someone is just starting to look for their own career, an established professional wanting to advance their skills, recently unemployed, or has spent over 20 years in the workforce and wants to do something they really enjoy – Washington State Community College (WSCC) is the place for them.

During Adult Education Awareness Month (October 22 – November 22), the college is reaching out to the community to discuss career and educational opportunities at Washington State Community College. Karen Peters, coordinator of adult & lifelong learning, works with non-traditional students everyday and sees firsthand how empowering going to school can be, even with life's challenges.

"During Adult Education Awareness Month I'm encouraging adults to set-up an individual appointment during which they receive personalized attention and get set with a pathway that best fits them," explains Peters, "It's all one-on-one."

Through discussion with Karen Peters, adults can investigate types of programs they may be interested in or determine their choices if undecided. The area of study will be discussed in detail, as well as information on what financial aid options can help pay for their education at Washington State Community College.

"Additionally, we'll be holding Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop sessions at WSCC," notes Peters. The free FAFSA workshops will be available November 2 and 14, with session opportunities at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants should bring 2011 federal tax returns, W-2 forms (including spouse's, if applicable), and their driver's license.

A recent story of adult student success is from local mother and wife Amanda Reynolds, who returned to college 20 years after graduating from high school to earn her associate's degree. "I enrolled at Washington State Community College after my husband was laid off from his job," says Reynolds. "My kids were of school age, and with a shaky economy, I decided it was the right time to get a college education."

With a goal of earning straight A's, Reynolds graduated from WSCC summa cum laude in June 2012 with a 4.0 GPA and her associates of applied technology in Office Administrative Services Technology. "Being a married mother of three very active children, I can tell you the obstacles I faced during my two years of classes were many!" shares Reynolds. "But what I learned is, it doesn't matter what the age, where you are in life, or how many years it's been since you were in a classroom – with determination and hard work, you can succeed."

Reynolds utilized her associate's degree education to secure her career. She currently works as an Administrative Assistant in the Business Wing at Washington State Community College.

What's your next step? It's time to remember your responsibility to yourself. Whether changing your career or learning a new trade, WSCC has the programs designed to fit your lifestyle. Spring semester open registration begins November 9th.

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