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Turning Point Program

Non-Traditional StudentWe know what it's like to return to college a little older and a little wiser. We understand how difficult it can be to register for classes and take that first step into a classroom. But we also know it can be your turning point to a better, brighter future. Our Turning Point program helps non-traditional students like you learn how to begin or return to college.

If you've been out of high school more than five years, you're known as a non-traditional student. You're generally age Non-Traditional Students at table24 or older, married or divorced, a member or veteran of the armed forces, a mom or dad/caretaker, or employed to support yourself or your family. In essence, you're entering or returning to college after a delay. As we see it, you're bringing life experience and a different perspective to your studies - something we consider to be an asset to both you and your classmates.

All services are provided through the Turning Point Program Coordinator/Student Advocate.  The coordinator recognizes that non-traditional students have different needs than students coming straight from high school and that taking college courses after being away from school for a time can be intimidating.  Services provided by the Turning Point program through the coordinator/student advocate include orientation to college and community resources such as applying to the college, financial aid opportunities, scholarships, student success services, advising, career exploration, workshops, mentoring, and advocacy.

The Turning Point Program Coordinator/Student Advocate is located in the Humanities Building, room 51, on the Cumberland campus and works closely with the Director of Student Services at both the Bedford County Campus and Somerset County Campus to ensure support to non-traditional students at all locations, please call 301-784-5234 or email