Dalton State Gilmer Center Schedules ‘Quick Admit’ Day
Adults who have put off going back to college because of the hassle of enrolling and registering are encouraged to come to Dalton State’s Gilmer County Center for a “Quick Admit” Day Tuesday, November 22.
“We want to do everything we can to remove obstacles that keep adults from coming back to college, so we’ve created a ‘one-stop shop’ to expedite the enrollment process,” said Gilmer Center Site Coordinator Sandy Ott.
“On our Quick Admit day, we will have Dalton State representatives from Enrollment Services and Financial Aid to help adult students complete their college applications and Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms,” Ott said “We have scheduled morning and afternoon Compass Test times for placement testing. We may even be able to advise students and register them for classes on the same day.
“We know how hard it is once you’ve been out of school for awhile,” she added. “You might have stopped to work, or start a family, or serve our country,” she said. “Dalton State wants to make it easy to come back to college to finish the degree you may have started years ago or to start if you’ve never taken the first college class.”
Dalton State is one of nine University System of Georgia colleges and universities participating in an Adult Learning Consortium to re-engage adult learners. The program, called GOAL (Georgia Opportunities for Adult Learners) is designed to make it easier for adult students to begin or complete academic programs by providing classes online in addition to on campus and to award credit for learning that may have occurred through job training or work experience.
“We are offering alternative ways to gain credit,” said Dr. Andy Meyer, Dalton State’s Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. “In addition to earning credit by College Level Examination Program (CLEP), GOAL students can also earn course credit by examination, and even by completing a Prior Learning Assessment for learning acquired through training or on the job.”
Students interested in the PLA option would receive instruction on how to create a portfolio that would demonstrate proficiency in a particular subject area. Meyer explained that some technology fields such as computer networking can be well suited to the PLA option.
“The first step to completing a college degree is to enroll,” Ott said. “With our Quick Admit day, we want to make that process as easy as possible for any adult who is interested in starting or finishing a college program.”