Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Adult Reentry Program?
The Adult Reentry Program assists new, returning and continuing adult students, approximately 28 years of age and older. Our services include information sessions, plus ongoing counseling, and free workshops, support groups, as well as campus and community referrals and resource information.
How can The Reentry Program help me?
The Adult Reentry Program is the only program on campus that specializes in addressing the needs and concerns of adult students who are making the transition back to school or starting for the first time. By taking advantage of our services, coming back to school will be less stressful and your chances for successful completion of your educational goals will increase greatly.
I'm nervous about attending college. How can you help me overcome my concerns?
You're not alone. Many people encounter barriers when attempting to further their education, such as:
Fear of the unknown
Fear of Public Speaking
Being overwhelmed by the campus environment
Fear of failure
Fear that you don't have the commitment
The assumption that most students are under 25
Lack of financial means
The cost of textbooks
Lack of time
Insufficient or costly childcare
Been out of school for a long time.
However, it's our experience that most adult reentry students do very well in their classes because they tend to be focused on their educational goals, and they are more disciplined and mature. For help in overcoming the concerns above, take our Counseling 100 class.
One of the best ways to ease your anxiety is to talk to an Academic Counselor who will be able to answer many of your questions and help you work through your concerns. The Adult Reentry Program is here to provide additional resources and information to make your experience here at College of the Canyons a rewarding and successful one.
Will I be the only student in my classes who is older? Will most of the students be in their twenties?
According to the College of the Canyons’ “Fact Book,” 27% percent of our students are 25-44 and 27% are 45 and older. You will find a wide variety of age groups represented in your classes.
I have severe math anxiety. How can I ever satisfy my math requirement for graduation? What kind of help is available for students who struggle with math?
The college offers a workshop and a class for those with Math anxiety (Math 075 Developing Math Confidence), and there is free tutoring in the TLC lab.http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/Assessment/Pages/Math-Workshops.aspx
Why do I need to see a counselor?
Although meeting with a counselor is not mandatory, it is highly recommended especially because you have been out of school for a while. A counselor can help you define your goals and set up an educational plan. Counselors offer academic, career and personal counseling. Our counselors provide semester-by-semester assistance in your class selections and help with career clarification. The counselors are particularly sensitive to the problems encountered by the adult student and work closely with adult students in an encouraging and supportive way. They have a wealth of information and experience to draw from to help you with any barrier you may encounter while pursuing your education here at COC. We have two counselors who work closely with adult reentry students, Connie Perez and Carolyn Powell. Check our Adult Reentry Counselors page for their contact information.
Make a Counseling Appointment
I have taken many college classes previously, how do I know they will still count?
It is common for adult students to have completed many college courses prior to coming back to school. The majority of the classes taken here or at another accredited college will still count towards your present educational goals. The best thing to do is to bring a copy of all your college courses with you when you come in to see a counselor. Your counselor can give you an idea of what classes will work with your current academic or career technical major. A counselor can also recommend a formal evaluation of all academic work so you can begin to receive college credit towards your current educational goal and increase your transferrable grade point average.
How can I find out what major or course of study would be best for my interests and future employment?
Work with a counselor and take our Counseling 100 or Counseling 111 class. Also, visit the Career Services department, and begin taking the assessments that measure your interests, values, abilities, and personality. They are free of charge! Start taking classes in areas that interest you. You will find a list of certificate and degree programs offered at College of the Canyons. You can also do volunteer work, Service Learning and/or an internship to begin to explore a variety of jobs, work environments, and industries.
View Career Services Resources
How can I meet and network with other students who have returned to school?
We recommend that you begin by attending an information session and getting your name placed on our mailing list. Our office hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday- Thursday. Stop by during that time and use of one of the computers in our lab, or to just meet with friends.
What kinds of workshops are offered this semester?
Check the Success and Skills Workshop tab on this website in the next few weeks for specific dates and times.
How do I find out about financial aid for school? What types are available?
Please visit the Financial Aid Website for detailed information about the various types of aid they offer.
Is childcare available while I attend day or evening classes?
The college offers childcare services for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. You will find information on the Childcare Center website.
How do I find out about housing close to campus?
A housing board is located outside of the Student Development office in the Student Services Building with information posted for students looking for roommates and/or apartments to rent. To place information on the board, stop by that office, located in the student services building.
What services do you offer?
Our services focus on providing adult students with resources and clear, detailed information regarding issues specific to their situation. Our staff is well-trained in offering appropriate campus and community referrals. We encourage you to call us with questions at (661) 362-3469.
Student success materials
Counseling 100 Class
Student Mentor Program
Reentry/Veterans Center with Student Computer Lab and Study Area
Counseling Appointments with Reentry Counselors
We are here to offer whatever assistance you need to make your time at College of the Canyons a positive and fulfilling experience.
Do you have a study center or office?
The Adult Reentry/Veterans Center is located on the Valencia campus in Building X-9 right near the Coffee Kiosk.Office hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday -Thursday. The center has comfortable space to meet with other Reentry and Veteran students, a computer lab to do homework, research other colleges and career information, complete online services like registration apply for veteran’s benefits, order academic transcript, etc. Helpful staff members will be there to answer to your questions about the college and can make referrals to other services as needed. For more information, please call us at (661) 362-3469.