Transitions students in class

See what Transitions students have to say about the program in this video!

Transitions: College and Career Prep

If you need help preparing to go back to college because you've been out of school for a while, this free program can help you gain the skills and confidence you need to succeed as an adult student. This program is designed to help you prepare for the next step in your education or career.

This program focuses on:

  • improving study skills, including time management, test-taking, note-taking, and general organization
  • improving reading comprehension
  • developing basic research, college-level writing, and presentation skills
  • developing a personal educational plan through career exploration
  • increasing basic computer skills, including Word, PowerPoint, Internet, and email
  • helping you understand available resources to help finance your educational plan

State College:

Monday and Wednesday evenings • 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Outreach Building, Innovation Park

SPRING 2014: March 17–May 7
Apply by March 5.
Or call Penn State Continuing Education at 814-865-3443.

Co-sponsored by the Central Intermediate Unit, State College Area School District (SCASD) Community Education, and Penn State Continuing Education.
Registration in advance is required.


Monday and Wednesday mornings • 9:00 a.m.–noon
Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown 
152 East Market Street, Suite 100

SPRING 2014:  March 17–May 7
Apply by March 5.
Or call the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit at 717-248-4942, ext. 109.

Co-sponsored by the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit and the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown.
Registration in advance is required.

"I really enjoyed the class. It helped prepare me for getting into school mode. Taking the class allowed me to have confidence to take the leap to further my education. It gave me the opportunity to improve the necessary skills for higher education. Working on test taking, reading, math, and time management gave me an edge. The familiar medical terminology was a benefit, too. I hope the program will continue."

Sherry Wagner,
Transitions program graduate and adult student at the Penn State Lewistown Center


"'Transitions' is a 'dream' class for the instructors. Our students tend to be highly motivated people, determined to improve their lives. Education has always been the ticket to access to a better world, and watching students realize that they have so much to offer is exciting. Everyone needs some help in preparing for the challenges of returning to school. We have found that our 'Transitions' students acclimate to their classes faster and have more confidence than peers who have not taken the class."

Keith Mernin,
Transitions program instructor


Penn State welcomes students with disabilities to participate in its educational programs. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about physical access, please contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) or call 814-863-1807 (V/TTY).