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Adult Learner Services FAQ's

What classifies a student as an adult?

Students who are dislocated workers, single parents, individuals who work full time, anyone who is 25 years of age or older.

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I am thinking about attending school for the first time or returning after a long hiatus, will I be the only one?

Absolutely not! While most people associate college with young adults, we have over 2100 students who are over the age of 25.  All this equates to one in three students who attend MVCC are over the age of 25!

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What type of services does the Adult Learner Services office provide?

We assist and support the adult learner on their journey at MVCC.   This may be from assistance with navigating through the enrollment/registration process to graduation.   We provide academic support and encouragement through computer workshops, specialized sections of ED100 and ED100/MA045 Learning Community for the adult learner, assistance with the development of educational plans and the administration of several funding sources.

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Where is the Adult Learner Services office located?

We are located on the Utica Campus in Payne Hall, 1st Floor, Student Service Center, Room 104B, Phone Number 315-792-5326.   We do not have an office on the Rome Campus but if you would like to setup an appointment to meet in Rome, that can be arranged by contacting us.

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I was not a successful student in high school or when I previously attended school quite some time ago, will I be able to do the level of work college requires?

We understand that past performance does not always predict future outcomes. Most adults who return/begin school at a later date are focused and motivated toward a specific obtainable goal. These factors alone make a world of difference to students’ academic progress. If students find themselves struggling, there are a variety of supports on campus to assist you such as your professors, the Learning Center, tutors, and the Adult Learner Services office.

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I attended college previously at MVCC, does my GPA still count?

If you take classes at any college and return to the same institution years later, your GPA remains intact. Your previous GPA may impact your financial aid eligibility however; there are ways in which to raise your overall GPA and Adult Learner Services will be happy to discuss this with you.

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I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to Math, are there supports on campus to assist me with this?

You are not alone! Math at any age can be a challenge. MVCC’s Learning Center has a dedicated space called the Math Lab where students can receive extra assistance with their questions. Study groups and both professional and peer tutors are also available to students free of charge through the Learning Center.

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I am looking for a program that allows me to do hands on training without a lot of extra classes. Does MVCC offer anything like this?

MVCC’s certificate programs allow students to gain valuable knowledge in over 30 specific areas. Certificates help students obtain necessary skills in their desired field of study and prepare them for swift entry/re-entry into the workforce. These concentrated offerings typically do not include general liberal arts and sciences classes unless they are imperative for success.

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What type of funding is available to help me pay for my education at MVCC?

Those students who wish to obtain a college education may be eligible for financial aid. Financial aid consists of both grants and loans. Grants are those monies allocated to your education that you do not have to pay back. Loans are pools of money that you may qualify for but that you must pay back after your have either completed your education or stopped attending. Your income taxes are used to determine if you are able to receive any financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid, please refer to the Financial Aid portion of our website.

It should also be noted that scholarships from various places are available for students. There are literally thousands of groups, organizations, and institutions that offer scholarships to students.   For example, there is a M & T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund New Career Scholarship for adult students attending part-time.  There is also a Oneida County Firehawks Scholarship that is available for volunteer firefighters. For more information, regarding these scholarships please see the Office of Institutional Advancement, Payne Hall, Room 220.

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What happens if I miss class due to a family or work situation?

Most classes have an attendance policy. Should a situation arise in which you cannot attend class it’s important for you to notify your instructor as soon as possible. The onus is on you to communicate with them and make-up any missed material/coursework. Most instructors are willing to assist you if take responsibility for your education.

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Do you offer day care on campus?

Yes, Kiddie Campus is available to students who have children between the ages of 3 and 5. They have both full day and half day rates and you may enroll in them at anytime during the semester.

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I want to keep working while I attend school, should I be a full time or part time student?

While students have the option to attend classes as they see fit, it is considered more academically sound for those students who work full time to attend school part-time. Having said this, we realize that there is no one size fits all solution to education so we would be happy to discuss your individual needs with you.

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Can I complete a degree by taking all evening or online classes?

The ability exists for students to combine traditional classes with online classes to complete their coursework. As we continue to expand our online offerings, more degrees and certificates will be available to complete through these methods.  If you have a specific or certificate program in mind, contact Adult Learner Services for further details.

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How do I know if online learning is for me?

Online learning requires students to be self motivated, have a reliable internet connection, have good time management skills, have the ability to learn independently, read and comprehend course materials, and feel comfortable with internet browsing and general computer skills such as emails, word processing, and attachments.

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I am the first of my family to go to college and I do not have a lot of support. Is there someone I can talk to that will understand my situation as an adult student?

Adult Leaner Services understands and is here to support you in whatever capacity we can. We can connect you to a myriad of other services on and off campus to provide you with whatever support you may need as a student here on campus from academics to personal counseling.

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I am interested in a specific career field/job title. How do I find out which certificate, degree, or non-credit program I should enroll in?

Adult Learner Services, Career & Transfer Services, and faculty are all great resources on campus to help you in your educational goals. If you are unsure what kind of training is right for you, we suggest making an appointment to discuss your plans with us.

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Can I earn credit for my life or military experience?

Yes, college credit can be earned through life and military experience. Evaluations are done on a case by case basis and are initiated by the student after they have been accepted into the college. The individuals who are responsible for evaluating credits will be happy to discuss various options with you.

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I have been laid-off from my job and would like to return to school for a new career. Where should I begin?

The Adult Learner Services staff is available for you to meet one on one to discuss your educational goals. We will take you step by step through the process of admissions, financial aid, and registering for class. We are available to assist you both on the MVCC Utica Campus and the Utica Working Solutions Office.    We have a staff member on hand at the Utica Working Solutions Office and he can be reached at (315) 793-2674.

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How do I know what jobs are in high demand in the Mohawk Valley? What majors at MVCC relate to these jobs?

There are several resources to obtain information on career specifics including but not limited to our Career & Transfer Office. They can help you ascertain what field of study may be closely related to your previous experience or help you determine the best plan of action for you. Some of the tools they use are online and free to students such as FOCUS.

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Are there any special programs available to dislocated workers to help pay for my tuition at MVCC?

At times there are grant programs available through the local county One Stops but these programs are dependent upon availability.    Programs like The Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Trade Act(TAA), Health Career Pipeline, Firehawks, Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to name a few, are programs that may be available to students but there are strict requirements attached to each of these funding sources.  For more information, contact your local Working Solutions/CDO Workforce/CNY Works Office or Adult Learner Services.

 

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If I apply for the New York State Department of Labor 599 Program, will my unemployment benefits be extended to cover the time it takes me to complete my certificate or degree?

Since this is a program through the New York State Department of Labor, this question should be directed towards their representatives.   However, to our knowledge from working with current students attending under this program, the 599 program allows those who are approved to not have to actively search for work when they are enrolled in training that consists of at least 12 hours per week or 12 credit hours (full-time status).

The program MAY extend your unemployment benefits. This extension is based on available funds and is conditional upon where you currently are in your unemployment benefit.  There is NO guarantee that 599 will continue to pay benefits throughout the entirety of your education.

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Who at the college signs verification forms for students’ enrolled in the 599 Program?

Once a student is approved for the 599 Program they usually receive a form that must be signed by the college.   This form is usually signed by the staff in Adult Learner Services.    This is because the form needs an estimated date of graduation and requires a review of the student’s educational plan.

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Who at the college signs Trade Act attendance forms?

This form needs to be signed by any one of the student’s instructors.   Adult Learner Services can sign the form to verify if there are any breaks in the semester.

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