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(By Jamii Freston) Noel Wilkinson and George Davis III work on a sign to welcome students to the Non Traditional Student center on the Davis campus.

College isn’t just for fresh-out-of-high school students – nontraditional students comprise 58 percent of Weber State’s student population, according to the Student Affairs Assessment office.

The Nontraditional Student Center at the Davis campus, located in room 307 of D2, provides services to students who are married, divorced, have kids or are over the age of 25.

“Our goal is to support them in their transition as they return to school, both academically and socially,” Noel Wilkinson, an advisor of the center said.

To accomplish this, advisors teach students about the enrollment process and offer some academic planning advice.

Advisors offer suggestions to nontrads about which class loads may or may not be manageable, based on each individual.

Wilkinson explained the center also aids in resume-building and directing students to specialized campus services if they don’t know where to go.

The center also conducts workshops, inviting other campus services to come in. In the past, they have worked with work force services and general studies advisors.

Other perks the center offers to non-traditional students include an open computer lab and free printing service, one of the most popular attractions.

“(I) mostly show people how to print things,” student employee George Davis III jokingly said of his job.

According to Davis, many nontrads drop by before and after classes to run their homework off the printer.

Another job of student employees (who are nontraditional students themselves) is offering peer advice to nontrads.

Wilkinson referred to the Nontraditional Student Center as a great place for its users to mingle and socialize.

“I get to come out and advertise,” another nontraditional student employee, Echo Palmer, said of the job.

To promote awareness of the center, nontrad “NOSHs” are held. Student employees set up a booth in D3 on Mondays and D2 on Thursdays and hand out flyers.

The center also offers membership to the Purple Pals Kids Club, in addition to the flexible hourly childcare center (only available on the Ogden campus).

Intended for kids up to 17 years of age, the kids club is activity-based, often keeping the children of student parents on campus.

“It’s to help those children cope with the idea that their mom or dad may not be home all the time,” Wilkinson said. “Hopefully increasing the likelihood that their children will want to go to college.”

The Davis campus center is open 9 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. on weekdays and can be reached at 801-395-3464.

 

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