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Satellite Campuses Attract Nontraditional Students



By Chris Hassan
Posted October 10, 2012 12:00 PM

Nontraditional students may find courses closer to home at satellite campuses.
Nontraditional students may find courses closer to home at satellite campuses.
It is no secret that for nontraditional students, working toward an associate's or bachelor's degree is not always easy. While online education has helped many adults achieve their academic goals, some individuals still prefer learning in a physical classroom.  Depending on where these students live, they may find that attending on-campus classes is easier than they think. After all, many institutions do not just have a main campus, but several satellite campuses that can make earning a degree much more convenient.

In Massachusetts, for example, MassBay Community College plans to expand beyond its main campus in Wellesley and establish a satellite campus in downtown Framingham, The MetroWest Daily News reports. This will allow the school to service more students in an urban setting that is accessible through public transportation.

It only makes sense that community colleges like MassBay, which services students of all ages, and other institutions would look for different ways of catering to nontraditional students, as their numbers are expected to rise in the years ahead. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment for individuals over the age of 25 is projected to rise 20% by 2020.

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