08-29-2012The Virginia Wesleyan College Adult Studies Program(ASP) has been awarded a grant from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to advance awareness, opportunities, and support for adults who want to return to college and complete their bachelors' degree. The grant will enable ASP staff to increase outreach in the community by offering a series of free information sessions and follow-up workshops in area recreation centers, churches, libraries, civic groups, corporations, and on the Virginia Wesleyan College campus. Focus will be on the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, but all interested adults can attend the sessions. ASP presentations will include face-to-face conversations with prospective adult students that provide information and answer questions about getting started, personal and academic support provided, financial aid opportunities, and VWC majors and degrees offered. Information sessions will begin in September 2012 and continue through May 2013. According to VWC Director of Adult Studies Tom Farley, "There are 1.4 million adults in Virginia who have completed some college, but have not earned their bachelor's degree. Although the reasons for stopping school may be many, taking the first step to returning to college is all about being well-informed and supported. Knowing that staff in the VWC Adult Studies Program understands and provides the personal, professional, and academic support needed for working adultes to succeed in college will make all the difference."