Monday, February 10, 2014

Evening Services Serves as Link to Traditional College Life

Now more than ever, adults are venturing into a classroom setting. Because they may have other responsibilities, such as family and a full-time job, adults may not be able to attend classes like a traditional college student. The non-traditional student is typically described as 25 years old or older, but that is not always the case. A non-traditional student is usually someone that has postponed attending college for whatever reason. They may have to attend school during the evening. Evening classes provide an opportunity for working adults to pursue a degree.

Vol State's Evening Services department helps students to succeed, by offering access to some of the same services that are available to students during the daytime hours. This includes everything from academic advising to being able to socialize with other evening students.

Brenda Buffington, Director of Evening Services is the link between night and day.

"We try to make anything that is available, or most things that are available, to day-time students, to evening students," said Buffington. "Things like turning in needed paperwork, receiving advising, and getting parking decals."

Buffington is currently working on developing an orientation in the evening.

"Our orientation is currently geared toward students that are still living in the home with their parents."

I attended orientation before beginning classes here at Vol State. Being 29-years old and a mom, I was very uncomfortable because everyone in the meeting had their parents, I could not relate to the discussions or topics.

Check out the link below to understand why Brenda Buffington is so passionate about what she does.

Student Services offices are located in the Wood Campus Center room 217. Evening Services are available Monday-Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until  8:00 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.

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