Adult learner open house set for July 26 at Penn State York

July 13, 2011

Penn State York will host an adult learner open house from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. The event, to be held in the John J. Romano Administration Building on the upper part of the campus near Albemarle Street, is free and open to the public.

Information will be available on the admissions process, advising and career services, financial aid, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the video learning network (VLN), services for veterans, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and other educational options for adult learners. Special sessions will cover topics about credit certificates and degree opportunities for adult learners and an Advanced Induction Motor Principles Seminar for Professional Engineers will be offered.  A professional development hour (PDH) will be awarded to participants taking the engineering seminar.

As part of the open house, three adult students will receive the Business Essentials for Professional certificate. These students are the first cohort of students earning certificates through Penn State’s Video Learning Network (VLN).  Penn State's Business Essentials for Professionals certificate is composed of a series of credit classes that can provide students with a solid foundation in essential business concepts such as communication, sales, marketing, and information systems.  It is a 12-credit program that can stand alone as an additional credential to a resume or be applied toward a degree.

Most courses in the VLN are offered in an accelerated seven-week format and are taught in a convenient format combining face-to-face sessions with video conferences and online instruction by Penn State instructors. The VLN was created by the Penn State World Campus as a way to give adult learners easy access to a Penn State degree.

Penn State York provides a variety of services and activities to help adult students be successful in their college experience. Students can select from more than 200 noncredit, certificate, and degree programs. Adult learners may start taking courses one at a time, credit or noncredit, and may not go through the admissions process until later in their educational experience. A variety of scheduling options are available, including enrolling part-time or full-time, participating in day and/or evening classes; completing a program at your workplace; or studying at home through online courses.

An adult learner is someone who is 24 years of age or older; a veteran of the armed services; or returning to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity; or a person who assumes multiple adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, employee and student.

Registration for the Adult Learner Open House is preferred but not required. To register and for more information please call (717) 771-4067 or visit To learn more about the variety of programs for students of all ages at Penn State York please visit or call 717-771-4040.

  • Adults can learn more about the Video Learning Network (VLN) during Penn State York's adult learner open house, set for July 26.

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Last Updated July 14, 2011