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SOURCE Stevens-Henager College
Seventy-five percent of college students today are working adults who must balance work and family life, and finance their own educations
OGDEN, Utah, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It's back-to-school time, and traditionally that meant that many high school graduates packed up their VW buses and headed for college, depending on mom and dad to pay the bills for four steady years of campus life. But today, according to the National Center for Education Statistics*, 75 percent of college students are older than age 24, work part or full time, commute to school, pay for their own college expenses and even juggle family life.
According to Jesse Hafen, company director of admissions for Stevens-Henager College, a nonprofit college dedicated to providing higher education for these "new traditional" students, the path to getting a college degree can be stressful for many, and may even prevent some from finishing their degrees.
"The longer it takes to get a degree, the more life gets in the way of success," said Hafen. "Research shows that more than half of full-time students who enroll in a traditional four-year university take five to six years to graduate*, but institutions such as Stevens-Henager offer many bachelor's degrees in 3 years, associate degrees in 20 months and a master's degrees in 15 months."
To help today's new-traditional college students shorten the time to graduation, Hafen offers the following tips:
"My final recommendation for the new-traditional student is to take the time to thoroughly research the schools you are considering. It's free and well worth your time," added Hafen. "In my career, I've seen students who are single moms, working heads of households and more, who have graduated and gone on to have wonderful careers because they've put these kinds of strategies into play."
To learn more about registering for classes at Stevens-Henager College, visit www.stevenshenager.edu or call 1-800-622-2649.
About Stevens-Henager College
Established in 1891, Stevens-Henager College provides career-focused higher education to students in Utah and Idaho. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts and computer science, Stevens-Henager is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Dedicated to advancing higher-education opportunities in its communities, Stevens-Henager is the only college in Utah to offer free GED® preparation and other courses through its Good Neighbor Initiative.** Stevens-Henager College has 10 campus locations throughout Utah and Idaho, including Salt Lake City/Murray, Ogden/West Haven (main), Provo/Orem, Layton (satellite of Ogden/West Haven), Lehi (satellite of Provo/Orem), Logan, St. George, Boise, Nampa (satellite of Boise) and Idaho Falls.*** For more information, please call 801-312-0079. Stevens-Henager College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
*U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2012). The Condition of Education 2011
**The Good Neighbor Initiative is not included within the scope of accreditation. GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education® and may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the American Council on Education.
***Idaho Falls is a branch campus of CollegeAmerica, Flagstaff, AZ.
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