Adult education programs have helped working professionals obtain degrees.More working professionals who wish to advance their careers are returning to school to obtain their degrees as the number of flexible adult education programs rise. The University of Wisconsin in Whitewater (UW Whitewater) recently reported that it saw a 44 percent increase in the number of students aged 25years or older who enrolled for the fall semester. This is a 73 increase from last fall, according to the Janesville Gazette.

“Part of it is coming back and retooling what they had before and also completing their degrees,” UW Whitewater interim director of administrations, Jodi Hare-Paynter, told the newspaper. “When you look at the number of who’s unemployed, the highest number are those that don’t have degrees.”

UW Whitewater advisors make themselves available to students individually, helping them create a part or full-time schedule around their busy lives.

Only 17 percent of adults who returned to school between 2004 and 2005 were over the age of 45, according to the National Reporting System. However, flexible online colleges are beginning to attract more working professionals looking to finish their schooling and excel in their careers.


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