SPSCC Meets Needs of Non-Trads
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) does a good job of accommodating their needs, say non-traditional students. From on-site day care to evening and online classes, SPSCC makes it easier for students with work and family obligations to attend college.
Local schoolteacher and student, Sean Finn, characterizes SPSCC as convenient and said the classes fit his needs. He takes classes at SPSCC to hone skills that will help him in the classroom. He’s currently taking Introduction to Video Film Production in the evenings so that he can make videos for his own students and their parents, but he has taken other classes at SPSCC as well.
“I’ve taken classes here [at SPSCC] in the same kind of situation before, you know, picking up things for school and had great experiences,” said Finn.
Full-time mom, employee and college student, Caty Walsh, 33, chose SPSCC to be close to her son. Walsh already uses a daycare facility nearby, but she thinks that on-site daycare is a good idea. She appreciates the college’s child-friendly attitude and said she has even seen children in the classrooms at times.
“They [SPSCC] are very accommodating,” said Walsh.
The Campus Child Care Center, which is operated by the YMCA, has trained staff that care for children aged 3 months to 6 years.
Chris, 22, has been attending SPSCC off and on for about four years and is about to graduate. He says he chose SPSCC because it was close and affordable.
“They work well with your schedule,” said Chris, who added that SPSCC “does a great job of meeting student’s needs.”
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), students for which one or more of the following is true are considered “non-traditional”: they delayed enrollment following high school, work full-time while enrolled, are financially independent (for financial aid purposes), have dependants, attend college part-time or did not complete high school.
NCES reported that 73% of all undergraduates in 1999-2000 were in some way “nontraditional.” More recently, NSEC reported that overall enrollment at degree-granting institutions increased by 37% between 2000 and 2010; the percentage of students age 25 and older increased by 42% (compared to a 34% increase in their younger counterparts) and is expected to rise another 20% by 2020.