MnSCU class becomes support group for older students

Learning yes, but some fun too

Starting college is stressful for most students, but it presents a special challenge for non-traditional students.

Many are piling classes and homework on top of an already hectic life filled with family duties and full-time jobs.

There’s been a big increase in older students in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system in recent years, mostly driven by layoffs in the poor economy.  MnSCU has responded by offering classes specifically for older students.

In some cases the classes take on the role of a support group for adult learners.

I profiled the trend this morning in a story on Minnesota Public Radio.