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Return to Learn – new enrollment program for adults

Return to Learn at NC Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, N.C.—Accommodation is the foundation of a new enrollment program for adults recently announced by NC Wesleyan College.  Beginning with the spring semester, the college will expand opportunities for adults through an innovative program called “Return to Learn,” which will allow them to take courses during the day along with traditional students.

Currently, most adults enroll in Wesleyan’s ASPIRE Program to take classes during the evening.  The courses are offered in an accelerated format, some concentrated in as little as five or eight weeks to cover the same amount of material required for a regular course schedule.  ASPIRE offers a variety of college majors, but not all of the 23 NCWC majors are available through this format.  Through Return to Learn, adult students will be able to have a part- or full-time day schedule to fulfill the course requirements for their chosen majors.

“This is a significant change for us,” said President James Gray.  “The world has changed, and this is an accommodation strategy for Wesleyan,” he said. “There are a lot of people in this region, who want to go back to college to either learn or finish, but they can’t go at night….Our core objective is to become the most accommodating college when it comes to timing and format that will meet students’ needs.”

“We are continuing to expand ways to meet the needs of both traditional and adult students in our service areas so they can reach their educational goals,” said Dr. Evan Duff, vice president of adult education. “Return to Learn allows us to have more students on campus and provide more services. People who can take advantage of it will have a number of additional options and degree programs available to them.  Previously, a number of adult students have enrolled in day classes and this program will formalize these opportunities.”

The college has previously announced expansion of the adult ASPIRE program to Wilmington beginning in January, and will be adding some lunch time  courses for working adults at the Triangle and Goldsboro campuses. Through a partnership with Cape Fear Community College, Wesleyan will provide evening programs for degrees in business administration and elementary education.

Gray said. “Our plan is for NC Wesleyan College to be the strongest force in adult education in Eastern North Carolina.”

College officials noted that all students are required to apply for acceptance through the exisiting application process, regardless of age.  Scholarships and financial aid may be available for qualified individuals.  The college is encouraging individuals to submit applications as soon as possible to be eligible for the spring semester courses that will begin in January.

For information about enrollment in any of the NC Wesleyan College degree programs, individuals should visit the website at or contact the Office of Admissions at 252-985-5200.