Colleges and universities in the Washington area provide many services to adults who are considering returning to school. These services include academic, career, and financial aid counseling, and special programs for women. In some cases, there is a lower tuition for senior citizens.
The following list of institutions and services is not comprehensive, but merely a sample list of resources available.
The American University (AU), Division of Continuing Education.It provides free counseling for adult students about appropriate coursework for their careers. There is also counseling available on what new field of interest students might pursue or what courses they may take for personal enrichment.
The continuing education assists adults returning to college who have some college credits and wish to complete their degrees. It also helps the adult with professional experience needing assessment for undergraduate academic credit, and the individual with a degree who wishes to take graduate courses in a field of interest or for job advancement.
For information, call 686-2500 and ask for an academic advisor.Academic advisement is available 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday
Write: Division of Continuing Education, AU, Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016 or visit the McKinley Building, Room 109, on the campus.
Academic counseling is also available in Montgomery and Fairfax counties one evening per week.
Gallaudet College (GC), College for Continuing Education. It provides educational, career, and personal counseling for hearing-impaired and deaf-blind adults without charge.
Staff members develop individualized programs in adult basic education. The facility offers free many adult basic education and college-prep entrance courses. Because they are set up as individualized programs, adult basic education courses have an open enrollment.
Services are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday and are open to hearing-impaired and deaf-blind adults within commuting distance of Washington, D.C. Call 447-0575 (voice or telephone teletype), and ask for Jack Parr (adult basic education and college prep), Art Roehrig (deaf-blind programs), and Don Pettingill (other adult education programs).
Write College for Continuing Education, GC, 7th St. and Florida ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002.
If you're coming to campus, come to the second floor of College Hall. Gallaudet also offers a brochure full of free or low-cost continuing education courses.
Employer counseling: Those who employ or who are interested in employing hearing-impaired individuals may obtain counseling. Call 447-0425
Senior citizens services: Tuition charges for non-credit courses that are two sessions or more in length and sponsored solely by GC's Center for Continuing Education are waived for all hearing-impaired persons 62 years of age and over.
Georgetown University (GU) Continuing Education offers academic advisement on an individual basis for women who are considering continuing their education.
Staff members will help women in exploring programs and course offerings and in determining what types of apportunities might mesh individual and professional goals. Call Julie Buffington at 625-4406 for an appointment. The service is free.
The staff of the Women's Center and the Advisory Board are available without charge to speak to women's groups and other organizations on topics relating to women's concerns. Examples of such topics are: Career Development, Reentering the World of Work or School, Assertiveness, Life Passages, Continuing Education, Management Skills for Women, and Financial Planning for Women. If your group is interested in this service, call Buffington.
GU's Continuing Education facility is located at 36th and N streets, N.W. The mailing address is Continuing Education, GU, 20057.
Senior citizens services: GU's continuing education program offers a 50 percent discount on non-credit course tuition for those over 65 years of age.
Montgomery College (MC). This college offers career counseling free of charge to anyone interested in attending college.
The counseling service is designed to help applicants choose programs and courses best suited to individual interests and abilities, regardless of their past experience or age. Career counseling is available 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and until 5 p.m. on Friday.
Call any of the three MC campuses and ask for a counselor: in Rock ville, 279-5057; in Takoma Park, 587-4090, Ext. 203; in Germantown, 972-2000, Ext. 331.
Or write to or visit the admission office, Takoma Park Campus, MC, Takoma Ave. and Fenton St., Takoma Park, MD. 20012; Rockville Campus, ME, Mannakee St., Rockville, MD 20850, and Germantown Campus, MC, Box 280, Germantown, MD 20767.
Free counseling for mature women: Available at MC's Germantown Campus, this service assists women in reviewing new perspectives and goals in light of personal values, strengths, and interests. Women between the ages of 25 and 45 may take advantage of the counseling, which is available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Call 972-2000 in Germantown and ask for Mary Lewis. Or write to her at MC, Germantown Campus, P.O. Box 280, Germantown, MD 20767. The campus is located at Maryland Rt. 118 and 1-270.
Prince George's Community College (PGCC), Career Planning and Placement Office. This college offers free workshops, such as the Personality and Interests Assessment (PIA) Workshop, once or sometimes twice a month.
The PIA Workshop helps participants in identifying significant aspects of their personality and interest patterns for making realistic career plans. PGCC offers Employment Opportunity Seminars once each month. Leading employers are on hand to discuss career opportunities, occupational outlooks, and job prospects within their organizations.
For information, call 336-6000, Ext. 380, or write PCC, 301 Largo Rd., Largo, MD 20870, c/o Career Planning and Placement Office (M-2108).
For women only: WE, the Women's Educational Exchange newsletter at PGCC, is available free. It lists the PGCC services, courses, activities, and special events available for the woman student, beginning or returning. Call 336-6000, ext. 397, for your copy.
TRINITY College (TC) This institution provides free personal, career, financial, course selection, and program counseling to women older than the traditional college student.
Call Mary Connor, the continuing education admissions counselor, at 269-2201. Or write to her c/o TC, Michigan and Franklin streets, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.