Almost 200,000 residents of Maine have attended some greater training, and for a lot of good causes haven’t accomplished their academic journey.
I want to invite them to contemplate re-engaging of their research. For a lot of, the collected credit nonetheless stay viable, and presumably with previous or present work expertise one could also be eligible for extra credit by way of a resume/portfolio evaluation.
Some might imagine they’ve been away too lengthy to re-enter, and imagine they don’t have the educational capability to succeed. That is undoubtedly not the case. The fact is that those that have skilled life’s journeys are actually higher college students, as they’re extra centered than earlier than on their objectives or aims.
Moreover, all establishments of upper studying provide a mess of pupil providers like pupil navigators, whose sole duty is to be obtainable to every particular person pupil and help them in any approach they will, from tutorial must assist providers.
Additional training and coaching can solely improve folks and their household’s lives and dwelling alternatives. As a matter of truth, oftentimes when mother and father pursue training, the worth of training for the folks round them is enhanced and has a constructive affect on others’ pursuit of studying.
I invite folks to contemplate re-engaging of their training — and because the saying goes, “you don’t have anything to lose and far to realize.”
Invoice Cassidy, Standish, chair of Maine Group Faculty Board of Trustees