I want to return to college, but am not sure which college to go to or what degree I want. Where do I start?

This is why Hendricks College Network is here! Consider us the GUIDANCE OFFICE FOR GROWN UPS.  It is a very individual and personal process. We will work one-on-one to assist you in determining and planning your educational and career goals. We can do interest and ability assessment to see where your strengths lie.  If you need to get a better idea of what the careers look like, we can make those industry connections for you. Having connections at the local schools can ensure you get your needs met. Every step of the way, we will be here to assist whatever questions and challenges you may face.

Do I really need a college degree?

That would depend on personal career goals, but in general the higher the education, the higher the salary, and the better the career options and security.  Over a lifetime, the gap in earning potential between the high school graduate and those holding a bachelor’s degree or higher exceeds $1 million, according to the College Board.

Statistics project that 75 percent of future positions are expected to require at least some type of certification or licensure, and professions that require a bachelor’s degree are projected to grow nearly twice as fast as the national average, making a college degree a good investment. Many adults find they need a college degree to enter their career of choice or for increased earning potential or advancement. Others are in career transition or find themselves back in the workforce because of divorce or economic conditions. With advancing technology and changing economic and employment conditions, many adults are experiencing an increasing demand to develop or update their knowledge and skills.

Should I go back to college?

Going back to college has never been easier for adults. Recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Education show that adult students are the fastest growing educational demographic, and these numbers are steadily increasing.  Many colleges and universities offer flexible course scheduling with classes one night per week, on the weekends, or in accelerated format. Students can also complete their degree program online on the Internet or correspondence courses or a combination of face-to-face and online classes.

Can I go back to school without leaving Hendricks County?

YES!  There are 7 universities offering programs in Hendricks County! Many more offer online classes and degree programs too.  You can start with individual classes and work all the way up to a Master’s degree! There is sure to be a fit for you!