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LONG BEACH : CSULB Is Recruiting Re-Entry Students

After years of reducing its enrollment, Cal State Long Beach is back in the business of recruiting more students.

Officials have announced a program to recruit students over age 30 who are interested in re-entering college.

“We’re seeing an increasing number of adults who need to retool their skills as a result of corporate downsizing and women who are getting into the marketplace and need more education,” said Valerie Bordeaux, director of community outreach and university relations.

About a quarter of the CSULB students are over 30, she said.

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Bordeaux said the recruiting effort, called Encore Program, is designed to make the re-entry process easier for adult students concerned with financing their education, choosing the right career path and getting emotional support from their families. The program also offers workshops on study skills, she said.

The new push to attract students is a change from recent years in which the university trimmed enrollment because of budget cuts. The student population dropped from 34,000 in 1990 to 26,500 in the fall.


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