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Fort Lewis College making a push to bring adult learners to campus

2009 FLC grad Elizabeth Smith with her daughter and fellow Skyhawk, Katie
2009 FLC grad Elizabeth Smith with her daughter and fellow Skyhawk, Katie

DURANGO - Ongoing information sessions regarding the adult education opportunities at Fort Lewis College will begin on Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. in Program Room #3 of the Durango Public Library. The sessions are free and open to the public.

The sessions, which will give community members a chance to learn more about starting or finishing a degree, or the other life-long learning opportunities FLC offers, will continue every Wednesday until December. There will be no session on November 23.

It’s never too late to finish a degree, get a second degree or even enroll in college for the first time. One example would be 2009 FLC graduate Elizabeth Smith. The non-traditional student and mother of three grown children earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

“Well, the normal pattern would be for the parents to go to college first and the children to go to college later, but in our family that was a little bit different because I was a stay-at-home mom for thirty years,” she explains.

“I had a great experience,” Ms. Smith goes on to say of her time at Fort Lewis. “Of course I had a great relationship with my professors. I love that and value that. I never felt like the kids were prejudiced, an age kind of thing where I don’t want to be in your group because you’re older than I am and I can’t relate to you. I never felt that.”

Every year, the College admits a significant number of non-traditional students, meaning students 25 years old and up. So far for the upcoming fall 2011 semester, 500 Fort Lewis College students will be in the non-traditional category. That number may increase as students are still confirming their enrollment for the next school year. The ages of the fall 2011 student body range from 16 to over 60.

For more information on the information sessions and the adult education opportunities at Fort Lewis College, contact Crystal Fankhauser, coordinator of Degree Completion and Adult Recruiting, at 970-247-7670 or

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