When we think of people trying to determine what college program will meet their scholastic needs, images of high school students pouring over a pile of university information packets come to mind. However, in light of the economic environment that exists today, many adults are in the same boat – wondering if the time has come to re-examine the possibility of pursing a college education.
For Maui County adults interested in moving their career forward, exploring a different field, or earning an academic degree or short-term certificate, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at the University of Hawaii Maui College is offering free copies of 100 Things Every Adult College Student Needs to Know, a comprehensive overview of the steps needed to start an academic journey. The book is a self-orientation guide with definitions, customs, procedures, and advice to assist adults in adjusting to the start of a college career.
“A lot of times parents deferred their own dream to provide for their family, and many Maui County residents are holding down more than one job just to make ends meet. But there are many high-wage, rewarding careers here in Maui if you have the qualifications and skills,” said Mona Stevenson, EOC representative. “We’re getting into the full-swing of college fair season for high school seniors, but we want everyone to realize that the EOC is here to support adult students too.”
According to the “55 by ‘25” campaign, by 2020, 70 percent of jobs in Hawaii will require some college. In addition, on average college graduates earn $1 million more over their lifetime than those who don’t graduate, according to the EOC.
“The EOC can help with advising, filling out applications and financial aid paperwork, and finding scholarships for any school, not just UH Maui College,” Stevenson said. “It’s a great, free resource for our community.”
EOC is a federally-funded college admissions program that helps Maui County adults and college-ready high school seniors get into college on Maui or elsewhere. Services are free and include college admissions advising and help finding money for college through federal financial aid and scholarships.
For more information and to find out where you can get your book, call 808-984-3286 or visit the EOC website at maui.hawaii.edu/eoc. For more information about the “55 by ‘25” campaign, visit 55by25.org.
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