Adult learners find success at ECTC
Published on Aug 25, 2021
Time, money and life responsibilities are reasons adults cite as barriers to continuing their education, but for adult learners at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) Jesse Best and Nastacia Strother, those barriers didn’t seem so big after they got started.
“I was motivated to continue my education at ECTC because they had programs I was interested in,” said Best, a U.S. Army Veteran in the Automotive Technology program. “The instructors and staff are all respectful to the students and care about my education. I’m a hands-on learner so I enjoy the structure of the program, with classroom instruction and labs.”
This year, ECTC earned a spot on the 2021 Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges list. Best says his process for enrollment as a veteran was seamless.
“The Veteran’s Affairs office took care of all my paperwork, and I enrolled in classes with no issues,” said Best. “The affordable tuition is great, and I've taken advantage of the Text for Vets book assistance program with the Military Student Services office. ECTC was even able to give me some college credit for my military experience.”
Best said going back to school isn’t something to fear.
“My encouragement for adults thinking about going back to school is not to be afraid to start or continue the journey in education, whether it’s to get out of the house, for a promotion at work or increase your knowledge in a technical field. ECTC has something for everyone, and you should never stop learning.”
Strother, studying Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE), said her children motivated her to continue her education.
“I decided to go back to school after seeing the way my kids benefited from assistance with a developmental interventionist. I was instantly curious, and I want to help other families who need those services,” she said.
Strother was recently awarded the KY TRIO Adult Learner Scholarship through TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) and says their staff have been essential to her success at ECTC.
“I had several challenges to come back to school, especially with technology. The tutors with SSS are helpful in multiple subjects and they acclimated so well to the fully online environment with COVID-19,” said Strother. “The academic advisors at the college are amazing and they helped guide me to the classes I need for a career I'm excited about.”
Strother’s advice for adults hesitant to continue or start their education is to go ahead and take the dive.
“I thought I might feel out of place here, but the college is so diverse in ages that I found I fit right in,” she said. “ECTC has provided incredible support and encouragement along the way to help me be successful.”
If you or someone you know is ready to start or continue their education, call 270-769-2371. With classes beginning Oct. 18, there’s no better time to get started!