Often when people hear the words “college student,” they think of 18- to 22-year-olds attending school full-time.
That is not the case, however, at North Carolina’s community colleges. In 2020-21, students ages 25-64 made up 52% of community colleges’ 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.