“Lapsed” Connecticut students can get free classes

Noelle Gardner/ WTNH

MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — The state is offering a ‘two for one sale’ on tuition, to people who started college but never finished.

It’s now estimated that by the year 2020, 70 percent of all jobs will require some sort of degree. So if you started and didn’t finish or know someone like that, this affects you.

This time of year there are thousands of young people in Connecticut looking forward to a summer off from classes at the state’s community colleges and universities but it is also estimated that there are close to 90,000 Connecticut residents of all ages that would love to be going back to classes because they never finished school and got their degree.

“We have seen, for part time adults, enrollment drop from six hours a semester down to three…for financial reasons,” said Gena Glickman/Pres., Manchester Community College.

62-year-old Julie Larkin of East Hartford is one of them but like many others a combination of family matters and economics conspired to keep her from her goal.

“What we’re trying to do is reach out, very actively I might add, reach out to them and invite them back to campus…and; you take three classes and you get three free so half price,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut.

Monday, the Governor helped to launch what’s called the “Go Back To Get Ahead” program.

Julie became among the first to apply, she wants to get her bachelor’s degree in psychology.

“I plan to do counseling at the church that I work at, I’d like to get more into grief counseling but, you know, just regular counseling,” said Julie Larkin, East Hartford.

When asked if this degree will help her do that Larkin said, “definitely, because without it I couldn’t do it.”

You can apply for this program on the phone by calling the “GO BACK TO GET AHEAD PROGRAM” at 844-GBT-GACT, that’s 844-428-4228, from 8:30 AM TO 7 PM  Monday through Thursday and til 5 PM on Fridays.

For more information, visit www.GoBackToGetAhead.com.


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