Ballantyne Magazine

WINTER 2015

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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TODAY'S COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE LOOKING A BIT DIFFERENT THAN YEARS AGO. Once the domain of kids fresh out of high school, campuses are seeing more older adults enroll, with many continuing to work and raise families while pursuing degrees. The reasons for pursing higher education vary. Many want to advance careers, while others are fulflling personal goals or pursuing hobbies. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students aged 25 and older accounted for 40 percent of college and graduate students in 2009, and they are expected to account for 43 percent by 2020. Schools are also fueling the trend by making it easier than ever for adults to hit the books. In Ballantyne, Wingate University and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) are catering to older students by ofering work-friendly schedules and professional classroom environments at area campuses. CPCC chose Ballantyne Corporate Park for its newest campus in part because of its proximity to businesses, according to its president, Tony Zeiss. The program opened this summer and has served 350 students, with as many as 200 more expected to take classes by mid-December. Wingate, Pursuit t By Kerry Singe Photos by Ray Sepesy Adults Seek Local Colleges for Career Boost, Personal Growth P u r s u i t u i t B y K e r r y S i n g e P h o t o s b y R a y S e p e s y Classy Cole Lawrence is enrolled at Wingate Univeersity in Ballantyne to study sports management. BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 63 WINTER 2015-2016

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