College at Any Age

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Changing careers in today’s economy often means going back to college to learn new skills. Community colleges are usually the first place to which career changers turn, and not just because they’re a good value.

College for adult learners

Community colleges have served adult learners for decades. We understand the challenges faced by older students who often have family and job responsibilities.

Community colleges…understand the challenges faced by older students who often have family and job responsibilities.

With its affordable tuition, evening and online courses, and experience serving older students, Midland College is your best choice for gaining the skills and credentials you need to advance your career and enrich your life.

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Midland College embraces student learning as its primary and defining mission, and supports learning through small classes, free tutoring, instructional technology, and personal attention from faculty who know you by name. For many, MC is a better choice than a large university campus with its 200-seat lecture halls.

Half the cost 

And, in these challenging economic times, getting the most value from your educational investment is more important than ever. Check the tuition and fees charged by the other institutions you may be considering and see if Midland College is your wisest investment for higher education. You’ll find that, with college’s cost-efficient operations, MC’s tuition and fees are considerably less than those of a University of Texas campus and a quarter or less of what you’d pay at a private college.

Courses to fit your schedule

You understand that college could help your career and enrich your life. But can it fit into your busy life? MC knows you have other obligations, so the college offers classes in several formats to accommodate adult lives.

For those with traditional 9 to 5 jobs, MC offers an extensive lineup of evening classes. In fact, a fourth of its instructional activity takes place after 6 p.m. And many of these classes meet only one day a week, saving commuting expenses and minimizing the disruption of your daily routine.

Online courses provide the most flexibility and control over your time.  While course assignments will usually have hard deadlines, you control when and where you do the work. In a typical semester, MC offers over 200 courses entirely online.

Another format attractive to adult learners is the hybrid course, which combines online learning with occasional campus classroom meetings. A common format has the class meeting on campus one night every-other week, with Web assignments in between. You get much of the convenience of an online course, but with the reassurance and benefits of periodic face-to-face interaction with faculty and classmates.

Career starters and career changers

Midland College offers a number of two-year degree programs to prepare you for immediate entry into a career. Many of these programs also offer one-year certificates.

In addition to degree-credit programs, the college’s Continuing Education Department offers multiple ways to get training for entry-level positions that don’t require a degree. For the entire range of non-credit options, see the current issue of the Continuing Education class schedule, or visit midland.edu/continuingeducation.

Financial aid is available

Although Midland College offers your most affordable higher education option, many may find paying for college a challenge. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov as the first step in exploring your financial aid options.

Craig Clagett

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