Adult Learner

Adult Learner

As an adult, making decisions about continuing education can be difficult. You’re balancing work, life, family and expenses. There’s not a lot of time to figure it all out, when you’re considering going back to school or getting training. The Roadmap to Success will help you explore possible careers, discover where to get new skills, and figure out how to pay for your new future, all right here at home in Northeast Indiana. 


Plan Ahead
Use the Indiana College Costs Estimator

Considering going back to school? Compare the estimated net price of attendance at Indiana colleges and you will be one step closer to financing your education!

Make the decision: go back to college

Browse articles on returning to school as an adult and frequently asked questions in the admissions area. Locate traditional or online degree programs, find out how to get credit for life experience, and learn how to apply and locate scholarships.

Get ready for school

EBF offers presentations by successful returning adult IPFW students who will teach you how to be successful in college. IPFW offers free tutoring, study skills classes, child care referrals, writing assistance, disability services, career counseling, full or part-time programs and so much more.

Why go to college?

Not sure if college is right for you or just need reassurance you're on the right track? You've come to the right place.

Manage Your Career

Planning a career, making a change, or keeping your career on track? Indiana Career Explorer has the tools needed to help you prepare for whatever you have ahead. Contact your local WorkOne center for registration information.

Explore Your Online Options

It can be hard to find time in your busy schedule to drive to campus for class several nights a week. Did you know that dozens of Indiana colleges and universities offer online classes in addition to the classroom setting? Scroll through this list and explore what Hoosier schools have to offer you online!

Build Skills
Info for job seekers

WorkOne Northeast provides job seekers with training and education resources, job searches, and information on topics such as career planning.

Develop leadership skills

The Leadership Fort Wayne program combines leadership skill training based on curriculum with a behind the scenes view of economic development, education, government, health care, public safety, human services, and arts and culture.

Update your employment skills by taking classes

Freedom Academy offers many continuing education classes for adults in subject areas including Personal Computers, Technology, Management/Supervision, Safety, Quality, Real Estate, Leadership, Business, Human Resource Management and more.

Take adult education classes or get your GED

If you live in Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange or Steuben County, you are eligible to participate in these adult education classes or get help obtaining your GED.

Interested in mechanical engineering?

If you're interested in studying mechanical engineering, check out ASME's scholarships and student loans. They have options for both undergraduate and graduate students!

Be in the Know About Training Programs

Information on short-term training programs will help students learn more and lead to employment.

Explore Careers
Interested in atmospheric or oceanic sciences?

The Graduate Sciences Program (GSP) increases opportunities for students in NOAA-related fields to pursue research and educational training in atmospheric, environmental, remote sensing and oceanic sciences at minority serving institutions.

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Jobs Resources for Automation Professionals

If you are an unemployed or underemployed automation professional, this site has resources to help.

Find the Best Match for Your Skills

IndianaSkills lets the Job Seeker and Career Counselor know what careers are in high demand, have competitive wages, and best match their skills and interests.

Financial Aid
More STEM fellowships available

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship awards approximately 900 fellowships to support graduate study in science, mathematics and engineering.

Engineering fellowships

National Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation provides fellowships for students studying engineering and other STEM-related fields.

College financial assistance for transitioning workers

Questa Foundation for Education provides college financial assistance to transitioning workers in northeast Indiana who seek to increase their job skills by securing an associate or baccalaureate degree in STEM-based training programs.

Scholarships for graduate students

Scholarship applicants must be accepted into a graduate program for a Masters or Doctorate degree, have proven scholastic ability, exemplary character and leadership capability, and have demonstrated the potential for future leadership in the profession.

Find financial aid for returning adults

Fastweb works by matching the information in your completed profile to scholarships from their database of over 1.5 million scholarships. Whether you're a high school freshman or a returning adult they've got scholarships and information to help you find ways to pay for school.

Financial aid for graduate students

While graduate school can be complicated, getting the funding and information you need shouldn't be. Here are a variety of helpful links for prospective and current graduate students.