Meet the New Student on Campus: Why Colleges Are Focusing on ‚ÄėAdult Learners‚Äô

Often when people hear the words ‚Äúcollege student,‚ÄĚ they think of 18- to 22-year-olds attending school full-time.  

That is not the case, however, at North Carolina‚Äôs community colleges. In 2020-21, students ages 25-64 made up 52% of community colleges‚Äô total enrollment systemwide.

North Carolina’s community colleges have a long history of educating students of all ages, from high school students taking college classes to retirees picking up a new hobby. Recently, however, colleges have begun focusing on recruiting a specific group of students: adult learners.

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