Kennesaw State University, Georgia’s third largest university offers undergraduate, graduate and online programs to registered students.
Students and professors with diversified backgrounds and lifestyles can be found all around campus.
KSU is recognized for serving the adult learner population with a variety of innovative programs and services. The Life Long Learning Center has proven to be one of the best in the nation.
Walking into the Life Long Learning Center you immediately feel a sense of belonging.
Everyone greets you with a smile and is eager to help.
The aroma of coffee and treats linger as students gather to expand their knowledge.
Staff members creatively keep up with the pace of the fast growing community.
Managing the overall functions of all programs at the Lifelong Learning Center Assistant Director, R. Todd Powell was recognized by the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) for his dedication and service to students.
The center currently located in the Carmichael Student Building also includes amenities such as a lounge where students from all walks of life exchange helpful information.
It’s a great place to meet other students who are traveling on similar paths.
Members of the program strive to bring campus resources for success to adult learners through academic workshops and events.
Services offered at the center include:
- Math tutoring – KSU students receive a 50 minute appointment with a tutor, in person or online.
- Adult Learner Information Seminar – An informational seminar which explains the programs and services offered at KSU.
- Academic planning – Gain skills to pass COMPASS Exam: math, reading and writing preparation courses.
- Academic credit options – CLEP testing, transfer education, military transfer credits, advanced standing exams.
- Desire2Learn: Adult Learner Programs – Online Community. This tool provides students with online access to issues concerning adult learners.
- Career services – The Career Services Center offers help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing preparation, job search, online career portfolio and OwlLink training.
- Adult Programs Scholarship Committee – This committee is responsible for selecting candidates for several scholarships.
- Book Subsidiary Lottery – This $300 book lottery offers commuter students exhibiting financial need a method to offset textbook expenses, 30 vouchers award annually.
- Use of computer, faxing or printing services.
The Lifelong Learning Center’s Manager & Supervisor of Student Assistant Staff & Volunteers, Veronica Jones said, “As a supervisor, I recruit, hire, train and mentor student assistants to provide information and services to the adult learner student body population.
“The greatest part of my role is the wonderful student assistants I am privileged to mentor and guide in their jobs while with the LLC. Watching them grow into professionals and ensuring they find joy and satisfaction in their roles as students and student assistants it the most rewarding part!” said Jones. “I strive to encourage adult learners to become involved in programs, activities, etc. in order to create a sense of belonging at KSU.”
The program was recently recognized as “Outstanding Adult Learner Program” by the Commission of Commuter Students and Adult Learners. A commission that functions under the America College Personnel Association.
Program and Projects Coordinator, Janese Thompson talks about the changes she’s seen throughout the years.
“My experience with Adult Learner Programs/Lifelong Learning Center began in 1993 as student coordinator in an internship, three locations ago. We were located in part of what is now the Staff Lounge, serving coffee from a 100 cup pot on a cart that we refilled in the handicap bathroom. We had only one staff computer at that time.
“It was fantastic when we tripled the room size by moving across the student center to what is now the second story of the bookstore. Students would bring their own coffee cup and hang it on the wall–this was their place and the cup showed their ownership. We had a personal message bulletin board and an Emergency Locator Service listing their childcare provider; we would take the message to their class. Obviously, cell phones were not yet part of the scene.
“When the student center addition was built, another terrific move to our even larger present location gradually brought an improvements to everything you now see in the LLC. It was sometimes a battle to get there, but ultimately, status as an important part of institutional support for adult learners brought increased budget and additional opportunities for improved programs and services.
“For the facility, more coffee users meant more professional coffee machines and a larger refrigerator. Computers were added incrementally, (now reaching almost lab status), wiring was added for laptops and then WI FI as technology use changed the way we function on an educational campus. Academic support for subjects most threatening for the success of the adult learner student have developed from a library of video tapes students would check-out, to multiple specially trained tutors in tutoring cubicles.
“The past 20 years of first, using the Center facility as a student, as a two time alum, and working for ALP/LLC in different capacities with different supervisors, has been a learning and growing experience.
“The same spirit of student support and service that I found in the Center as a student, and foster as an employee, is what makes ALP/LLC meaningful to me. Thompson said.
Non-traditional students will be impressed with the enthusiasm and eagerness staff members provide along with the beneficial services.
For more information please visit the website, http://www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/alp/ or call 770-423-6701