During the fairly shaky economic times of the past few years many people have found that if they’re not out of work, their jobs are being threatened for one reason or another. For this reason many people over 30 have found that the best way to boost their resume, learn new skills and become more marketable is to go back to school and obtain additional training, certifications, and degrees.
If you’re like most adults you know that there are often three key factors in being able to go back to school. Time, Money and Distance. This article will highlight the three best schools in the greater New York City area that includes the boroughs, and nearby counties. This information will assist you in getting the additional education you need to head into the workforce knowing that you have the education as well as experience and knowledge to get the job that you’re looking for.
Be it a certificate, Associates, Bachelors or Masters degree you can get it online with the State University of New York. Their mission statement is one that is encouraging to all that are interested in advanced learning as we can see from the below:
“The mission of the state university system shall be to provide to the people of New York educational services of the highest quality, with the broadest possible access, fully representative of all segments of the population in a complete range of academic, professional and vocational postsecondary programs…These services and activities shall be offered through a geographically distributed comprehensive system of diverse campuses which shall have differentiated and designated missions designed to provide a comprehensive program of higher education, to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students…”
From both personal experience and through taking the time to talk to others, I’ve found all of the above to be true. Here are the top three colleges in New York State, specifically in the greater New York City region for older students.
1. Empire State College
Awarding credit for life experience and work experience makes this the top ideal choice for an older student returning to school. They also make transferring credits easy as well as accepting credits from The College Board. Offering over 300 courses online, and independent learning experiences make it easy for you to gain credit and your degree, while still working and taking care of your family.
Location: Located in Hawthorne New York, however you can learn anywhere with their variety of learning modalities
Accessibility: Online classes, Independent study programs
2. Westchester Community College
A great place to get a two year degree to start you off on a new career is Westchester Community College. With night and weekend classes as well as a full online program, you can easily work towards becoming a EMT, Nurse, Accountant, Electrical Technician or another profession that suits your new goals.
They have a great tutoring program, so if you’re having a hard time in that Math or Science class don’t worry, there’s someone there to help you gain a good foothold so that you can be sure to pass your classes with a high grade. As over half of their student body is over age 25, you certainly won’t feel alone or out of place on campus. In fact they’re even created a video for their adult students. They even have a specific program to help displaced homemakers re-enter the work force.
Location: Valhalla New York, Online courses
Accessibility: Online, video, weekend and evening degree programs.
3. FIT the Fashion Institute of Technology
Interested in following your passion for fashion and all its intricacies instead of doing an office job? If you’re determined to completely changing your career path towards an interest in fashion that you perhaps gave up years ago, don’t dispair, another state university of New School is FIT. A staple of New York City with over 100 class available in an online environment that mirror the physical in class course, you don’t have to miss out on learning about a field that fascinates and inspires you even if you don’t live in Manhattan.
Location: New York City with over 100 online classes
Accessibility: Online classes, Evening and Weekend Degree Programs
Of course you’re wondering about the cost. The best thing about choosing a SUNY school is that on average the cost per credit is only $200. Compare that to over $400 or more per credit for many private schools in the area and you can see the savings is around half. Apply for a grant or scholarship geared towards older students, or see if your current employer offers a tuition reimbursement program.
References and Additional Information
SUNYEmpire State College
Westchester Community College
Fashion Institute of Technology
FIT – Adult Learners and Career Professionals