It’s the traditional path to go from college to the workplace. For years, it was unheard of to go back to school after one has entered his/her career. However, things have changed in a society where tradition is meant to be broken.
Jodi S. Cohen, a reporter from the Chicago Tribune, covered a recent story about Shimer College in Chicago. Shimer is a small school that will now offer a variety of its undergraduate courses for free to senior citizens. That’s right, those 60 years of age or older can register for any class with an open seat. Classes start as early as Wednesday.
With workers staying in the workforce longer, it’s amazing more colleges and universities haven’t started offering such great opportunities for senior citizens to continue their education. Not that retired workers cannot take classes too, but colleges and universities should really consider promoting this type of program in workplaces, not just assisted living facilities.
This new age dynamic in the classroom could be just the thing that colleges and universities are missing these days. The diversity of age and ideas will help students, all generations alike, transition into a work environment where everyone can work better together regardless of age.
So, college to career or career to college? Well, it doesn’t really matter anymore. Either way, it’s a look into a new kind of future.
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