How “smart” is our township? Did you know that in Lower Providence Township, 12.5 percent of our population did not earn a high school degree. Our township also has 29.9 perent of its population that has stopped their education after a high school degree. Another shocking statistic shows that 16.4 percent of the township’s residents only went to a few years of college, without obtaining a degree.

According to City Data, our township is filled with 58.8 percent of residents that have not obtained a degree in higher education. Whether it is an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, the township’s lack of education is still better than the state’s average. According to the statistical website, Pennsylvania averages 71.8 percent of its residents that lack a higher education.

It is easy to say that, as an adult, it is just too late to change that statistic. Those at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) beg to differ.

MCCC will offer its popular Career Transition Workshop for adults who “may be thinking about returning to college,” according to the college’s director of communications, Alana Mauger.

The workshop, which has been well attended in past years, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. in the Advanced Technology Center, Room 101, at the College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

“The workshop is open to all adults and is free of charge, although pre-registration is requested,” said Mauger.

Those interested in more information or to register for the session, contact Denise Collins at 215-619-7313 or email:

What will adults learn at the free workshop?

“During the workshop, prospective students will get an overview of the resources available to help them transition into college,” said Mauger. “Topics include using MCCC’s website and online registration tools, financial aid, assessment of credits for prior learning, stackable credentials, career pathways and job search tools.”

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The adults will learn how it is possible to obtain a degree at any age. The assistance will not end after the single workshop.

“After the initial session, MCCC advisors will follow up with participants one-on-one to help them identify programs and pathways that are right for them,” said Mauger.

Montco wants to make sure adults in and around Lower Providence Township know that there is a local option out there to continue learning.

“Our goal is help adult learners be comfortable and successful at the College. We want this to be a place where they can get back on track with their education and transition into new careers,” said Collins, who manages the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant at MCCC.

The funding given by the grant helps to reach out to those seeking to further their education, especially adults in our township.

“The grant is helping MCCC to develop a robust Prior Learning Assessment model and stackable credentials for adult students as part of the JobTrakPA framework—a joint initiative of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges to train and place underemployed and unemployed residents of the Commonwealth in high demand jobs,” said Mauger.

Those that complete the workshop are not just limited to MCCC, either, according to Mauger.

“The workshop also connects to MCCC’s participation in the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, which looks to train 10,000 baby boomers for high-demand jobs through 2015,” said Mauger.