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‘College Connection’ event at IU Northwest to encourage adults to give higher education a try

‘New Start, Next Step’ program on May 28 designed to answer questions, alleviate fears for adults who may be considering earning a degree

It’s never too late to earn a college degree. For many people, the greatest challenge to going back to school is simply getting started.

Indiana University Northwest wants to help Northwest Indiana residents who are interested in pursuing their degrees make the best possible choices for the future. On Thursday, May 28, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Savannah Center, IU Northwest will host “College Connection: New Start, Next Step,” an informational program geared specifically toward adults ages 21 and over who are thinking about going back to college or enrolling for the first time.

This event will feature three workshops in which university admissions representatives will answer questions and concerns often raised by prospective non-traditional students. The first workshop, “Cash Connection,” will focus on available funding sources for non-traditional students. The second session, “Career Connection,” will help participants consider what academic programs might benefit them, based on their interests and career ambitions.

The final workshop, “Campus Connection,” will address those campus services at IU Northwest that can help students achieve their educational goals. These include the IU Northwest Child Care Center, which provides adult students with affordable child care while they are on campus, and various tutoring resources, such as the Math Lab and the Writing Center, among others.

At 11:30 a.m., College Connection participants will be given a guided tour of the IU Northwest campus grounds and facilities.

College Connection is designed specifically to offer information and encouragement to adults who have never attended college but would like to earn a degree, or for those who have taken university classes in the past but who now would like to complete their degrees or perhaps enter a different field of study.

Kathy Spicer, admissions counselor at IU Northwest, said that one of the greatest obstacles for prospective non-traditional students is fear — the fear of failure, the fear of financial difficulty in paying for classes, or simply fear of the unknown. New Start, Next Step is meant to dispel those concerns, she said, and give participants a strong foundation of knowledge and confidence on which to base their decisions about higher education.

“We want to take the fear out of going back to school or going to college for the first time,” Spicer said. “These workshops will discuss concerns like time management, how to find grants and scholarships to help pay for college, and how to decide on an academic program that’s right for you.”

For those who cannot attend the May 28 program, IU Northwest will also host a general Spring Preview Day event on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. Although this event will not feature the Connection workshops, admissions counselors will be on hand to answer individual questions, and academic representatives will also be available to discuss programs and the career possibilities they offer. Prospective traditional and non-traditional students and their families are invited to campus for this event, which will also include campus tours.

Preview Day on May 30 will begin with a formal welcome and informational presentation in the Savannah Auditorium. Prospective students will be provided with a list of careers and the IU Northwest programs that are associated with them.

During the academic fair in the Savannah Gymnasium, which runs from 10:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., students will have the opportunity to speak with faculty members in the programs that interest them. There will also be information available on other campus services and activities. From 11:15 a.m. until 12 p.m., students and their families may take guided tours of the campus and facilities.

RSVPs for College Connection or for Spring Preview Day are recommended but not required. For more information, or to RSVP, contact the IU Northwest Office of Admissions at (888) 968-7486 or at (219) 980-6991. Electronic registration is available online at

IU Northwest offers a wide range of academic programs and disciplines to Northwest Indiana students who would like to earn their Indiana University degrees close to home. IU Northwest’s academic units include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Economics, the School of Education, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Division of Continuing Studies, and the College of Health and Human Services, which includes programs in nursing, dental education, radiologic science, health information management, and social work.

Classes at IU Northwest are taught by committed and knowledgeable faculty members with academic and professional expertise in their fields. Small class sizes ensure that students receive valuable personalized attention from instructors.

IU Northwest also offers a vibrant and diverse campus atmosphere with myriad opportunities for participation in clubs, athletics, student organizations, and other extracurricular programs. State-of-the-art campus facilities offer every technical advantage in students’ pursuit of education, and the university’s quiet, beautiful campus grounds offer an ideal setting for study and reflection. Best of all, IU Northwest is centrally located in the heart of the region, just a half-mile from I-80/94 at Broadway.

To learn more about IU Northwest, visit the university’s home page at



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