Think you’re too old to be in college? Think again. Only about 15 percent of students are “traditional” college kids age 18-22, going to school full time and financially dependent on their parents.

A large number of today’s college students are working adults with many questions about how and why going back to school might fit their lives. Adult learners have a number of options to increase their knowledge and advance their careers.

Are you ready to (re)start your career?

CAREERwise
Use resources on CAREERwise to explore careers, plan your education, and find a job:

Credit for Prior Learning
Adults with professional, military or volunteer experiences may be able to apply some of this experience towards college credits. Learn more about how Minnesota State grants credit for prior learning.

Minnesota State Campus and Program Search
Minnesota State offers a wide variety of programs for adult learners at every age and stage. You can find programs to fit your schedule including online programs.

Continuing Education
Maybe you already have a degree or career, but want to learn a new skill or work toward your next promotion? Through our colleges and universities at Minnesota State, you can take affordable, short-term, non-credit courses or workshops. Learn more about short-term training.

MN Career Pathways
MN Career Pathways helps adults who are new to college understand how to plan their training and know their education options. If you’re unsure if school is right for you visit this site.

 

Find resources to help you with your specific situation. 

Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners

MyMnCareers
If you’re an English Language Learner (ELL), just finishing high school or completing a GED, the resources at MyMnCareers are designed to help you explore your career options, set goals, and learn about training opportunities.

Adult Basic Education
Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs serve students ages 16 and over who are not enrolled in school and who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math, listening, and speaking. Learn about different types of Adult Basic Education (ABE) or use the Provider List to find ABE classes near you. You can also contact the adult literacy hotline by phone (1-800-222-1990) or text (612-424-1211) to get more help.

Immigrants and Refugees

CAREERwise Resources for Immigrants and Refugees
Are you new to this country?  Find education, employment, and legal resources.  Learn about cultural and language services.

People with a Criminal Conviction

Career Planning for People with a Criminal Conviction
The Career Planning for People with a Criminal Conviction website and workbook help people with felony and other criminal convictions succeed in their job search. Learn how to set goals, get training, and search for a job.

People with Disabilities

CAREERwise Resources for People with Disabilities
Find resources to help with education & training and employment.  Learn about financial resources and services to help people with disabilities.

Recently Unemployed

Manage Job Loss and Transition
Whether you’re recently unemployed or entering the workforce anew you can find tips to help you take care of yourself and deal with transition and support services to help you get back on your feet.

CareerForce Locations
Any Minnesota Job seeker or career explorer can benefit from the services and resources offered by CareerForce. Find counselors to help guide you. Attend classes and workshops to help you with your job search.  Find out if you qualify for state dislocated worker funds.

If you’re outside of Minnesota you can search for an American Job Center to get help.

Veterans

Military and Veterans
Find resources to help you transfer your military experience to college, learn about education benefits, and more.

CAREERwise Resources for Veterans
CAREERwise has resources to help you transition to civilian life, make career decisions, find education & employment, and more. 

 

Regional Careers in Demand

Learn more about what it takes to live and work in each Minnesota region.

Minnesota Regions

Industries

Each of these industries offers high pay, in-demand careers. Research career options, learn about the skills and training needed, and find jobs.

GPS LifePlan

GPS LifePlan helps students set goals and design plans for their future success.

Goals + Plans = Success