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Thinking about college? Start with College Connection

Free transition program for adults
Jan 12, 2020
College Connection student Sissell Smith, right, with math and writing tutors Jeff Olson and Jeff Shula.

Belfast — Is college still worth it? According to a recent broadcast on NPR, it is indeed, for many reasons:

"Adults are feeling that, as long as they have a job, they don't need to go to college," says Doug Shapiro of the National Clearinghouse. "And yet many of those jobs today don't really have the career potential or the earnings potential to support a family that they could get if they had a college degree."

In addition to increased earnings over time, research shows that having a college degree means you are less likely to be unemployed and more likely to weather uncertain economic conditions, such as a recession. So if people are choosing not to go to college right now, there may be consequences down the road.

However, jumping into college without preparation and support is not always the best pathway to success, especially if you are an adult learner who has completed some college courses in the past or one who has never attended college.

The staff of College Connection, a no-cost college transition program offered by Belfast Adult Education, can help you prepare for the next step, whether it’s a short-term certificate, or a two- or four-year-degree. Staff members recognize that each student has unique needs, and do their best to accommodate those needs to give each student the best possible learning experience.

As a College Connection student, you will have a supportive setting to learn or relearn the academic skills you need to succeed in college. Your instructors will work closely with you to make sure your math, English, and college readiness skills are where they need to be to help you be as prepared as possible for college. And College Connection tutors help students, both while they are in the program and once they have entered college.

College Connection also provides comprehensive academic advising and career planning designed for individual needs needs. Students have guidance with every aspect of getting ready for college, including applying for financial aid, finding scholarships, and completing college applications. Many students receive scholarships that are renewable each year and provide funds for childcare, mileage, and other expenses beyond their college tuition.

If you are thinking about college, College Connection can be your first step toward a future that makes you the professional you want to be. Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting Feb. 4. The program now accepts students on an ongoing basis throughout the semester and can set up custom college readiness plans to move you toward your goals in the most efficient manner possible.

This program will help you chart a course for your future — no matter where you are right now. Take the first step and call for more information or to schedule an intake. To find out more about the program, view the spring schedule and read what students have had to say, visit For more information, contact Carolyn Haskell at 930-2434 or

Belfast Adult Education is now located at Belfast Area High School, 39 Lions Way. Enter at the traditional BAHS driveway off Waldo Avenue. Then, follow the driveway up the hill, past the BAHS front door and swimming pool area to the south side of the school. Follow the driveway around to the right as far as it goes to the entrance with signs indicating Belfast Adult Education and the Regional School Unit 71 Central Office.


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