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Parents Can Join Their Kids in College This Summer

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6/1/2012 —

An introductory course for adults who are thinking of attending college will be offered during Penn State DuBois' Kids in College (KIC) program this summer.  The child of anyone who takes the course will be permitted to attend KIC for free during the June 18-22 session.  Since they're offered at the same time, parents and their kids can conveniently attend classes on campus together, making family scheduling easy.


Since 1985, KIC and other summer programs at Penn State DuBois have provided fun learning opportunities in reading, science, art, and more for thousands of youngsters from infants through high school aged kids.  The main objectives of the programs are to increase students' interest and knowledge in the arts, science, and technology, and to provide challenging experiences which are not part of their regular school curriculum. 


The course for adults, PSU 008, is designed to help people who are interested in returning to school make a smooth transition into becoming a student once again.  An adult learner is anyone who is considered to be above the age range of a traditional age college student, or is 24 years of age or older, a veteran, has assumed multiple roles such as parent, spouse/partner, employee or student, or are returning to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking or other activity .    


The course is a first year seminar and will count as one credit toward a Penn State degree. 

It will provide instruction on how to adjust to the high expectations, demanding workload, increased academic requirements, and other aspects of the transition to college life.


Maureen Horan, campus co-director of Academic Affairs will instruct the course.  Horan said, "This course opens the door to all the information you will need to access for a complete educational experience.  We'll learn how to access the databases and all the books in the Penn State Library system for research projects, how to use the computers and software that are available to you, how to do a degree audit to keep track of your coursework for whatever major you choose, how to register yourself for courses, and much more that will help you make the most of your Penn State experience."


Students will also be made aware of tutoring services and other academic support programs on campus that are available to them, including the Office of

Adult Students and Veteran Services.   


PSU 008 is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. until Noon from June 18 through June 22, during the summer's first KIC session.  For tuition fees and registration information, contact Sueann Doran, Adult Student and Veteran Services Coordinator, at 814-375-4716, or srd145@psu.edu


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