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Welcome to the Office of Adult Learners!

Returning to college when you are 25 or older can be challenging, confusing and intimidating. But, it can also be one of the most rewarding decisions you ever make! Check out the links below to see what sets Columbia State apart and makes returning to college as an adult such a great decision.

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Connected Community of Learners

As an adult learner, you will quickly discover you are not alone! About 1/3 of the students here at Columbia State are also adult learners, so it is easy to get connected to a learning community.

With 5 campuses (Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Clifton, Columbia) to meet your educational needs, including a new campus opening up in Williamson County, we are sure you will find the location, classes and adult learner community you need to be successful. Advisors will work with you to set up individualized learning plans so that you can find the classes you need in the format you learn best.

Learn more at the next Information Session.
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Focused on Your Future

Here at Columbia State, we are focused on your future. Whether you plan to transfer to a 4-year university or go straight to work after graduation, we have many offices and people here to support you.

Columbia State’s Career Resources webpage provides online career and choice-of-major related resources including videos, what can I do with this major, and industry information. 

The Teaching and Learning Center officers free tutoring in Writing, Math and Science.

Advisors are available to answer any program-specific question and help you make a plan to graduate.
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Support Services

There is no need to do college alone. Stay connected to other Adult Learners to maximize your potential and have more fun learning. The Office of Adult Learners offers a myriad of classes, programs and casual events to help you stay connected and informed.

TN Reconnect -  Whether you’re going to college for the first time or are returning to finish your degree, Columbia State is here to help you reach your goals. 

Foundations in Personal Finance - This 5-week course will teach you the financial basics you need to be successful in college and in life.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - If you have experience in subjects offered by Columbia State., you may be able to gain credit for what you've already learned.

Adult Learner Activities - There is more to college than classes. It is also an opportunity to meet some great people, have fun and learn together. 

Request more information about Adult Learners or schedule your personal appointment by emailing

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