College and Career Prep

What is Transitions: College and Career Prep?

When you are an adult learner, going to college may not be just about finding time in your schedule, but also preparing for the rigors of the classroom. The 9-week Transitions course allows you to work closely with online instructors to refresh your learning skills to help you succeed at Penn State, online, or in a physical classroom.

Transitions can help you ease into the typical online Penn State course environment. In this course you can:

  • gain the skills and confidence you need to succeed in the classroom
  • prepare for the next step in your education through career exploration
  • work anytime and anywhere that is convenient for you since all work is completed online

How can Transitions help me?

By focusing on learning development, Transitions can help with:

  • creating your study skills, including time management, test taking, note taking, and general organization
  • establishing your educational plan through discovery of career and personal interests
  • developing college-level writing, research, and presentation skills
  • increasing basic computer literacy, including word processing, Internet use, and email
  • understanding how financial aid works and what resources are available to you

What kind of commitment should I expect?

You should be prepared to spend about 10 hours per week on the course. Please note that you will be well supported with instructor feedback.

What are the requirements?

The Transitions course is designed to help students who have:

  • completed a GED and have not yet gone on to college
  • completed a high school diploma, but have been out of school for a period of time
  • attended college in the past and performed poorly
  • been away from college for a period of time and want to brush up on basic skills before returning

If you are interested in registering for the next Transitions: College and Career Prep course, contact a Penn State World Campus and Continuing Education Admissions Counselor at 800-252-3592.