The College & Career Access Center serves many adults who may have lacked the access or opportunity to attend college directly out of high school. Perhaps others began but were unable, for one reason or other, to complete graduation requirements. Others simply wish to further their existing education, improve soft skills, or explore a completely new career path.
The CCAC is dedicated to post-secondary success. Our commitment is to assist traditional and non-traditional students in attaining their education and career goals. There are many options and opportunities for returning students. We seek to advise every Jackson resident toward locating and taking advantage of those opportunities, regardless of obstacle or circumstance.
A Checklist for Non-Traditional Students
- Create an organized list of prospective institutions, noting additional documentation or special requirements, and begin applying to your selected institution(s). Be aware that there will likely be an applications fee. College application fees are determined by the individual institution.
- File your FAFSA. This will provide access to information on eligibility for federal student aid.
- Research potential scholarships, grants, and student loans.
- Obtain and send official transcripts from any college or institution that you have attended, even if you did not receive a degree. Include a copy of your high school transcript only if you have graduated within the last 3 years.
- Research course placement. This is a computer generated assessment that will place your skill level in writing, reading, literacy, and mathematics. This will eliminate the need for unnecessary courses. Contact your institution to schedule an appointment. Course placement may not be necessary if you took the ACT/SAT within the last three 3 years.
- Once you have completed all the required steps to admissions and have received an acceptance letter, schedule a student orientation. This process usually includes a consultation with an admissions advisor and registration for courses.