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Special College and Career Event planned for adults April 3

Every year, an increasing number of adult learners find a good fit at Austin Peay State University.

Although theyre older than the traditional high school graduate, each has his/her own reasons for taking the first step toward higher education. More and better career options, higher salaries, lower risk of unemployment whatever the reason, about 3,000 adult learners currently attend APSU.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an adult with a bachelors degree makes an average of $20,000 more per year than someone with a high school diploma. Thats one incentive. Every year, an increasing number of adult learners find a good fit at Austin Peay State University.

Although they're older than the traditional high school graduate, each has his/her own reasons for taking the first step toward higher education. More and better career options, higher salaries, lower risk of unemployment whatever the reason, about 3,000 adult learners currently attend APSU.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an adult with a bachelor's degree makes an average of $20,000 more per year than someone with a high school diploma. That's one incentive.

Regardless of your reason, if you've been thinking about returning to college part time or full time, take a little time now to learn a lot by attending APSU's College and Career Event for Adults on Tuesday, April 3 in the Morgan University Center. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. with wrap-up of all activities by 8:30 p.m.

During the evening, you'll receive a free career assessment and the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship to APSU.

You'll have an opportunity to learn about program options and the careers to which they can lead. You can talk with admissions representatives, financial aid and career counselors, as well as faculty members and other adults who've already found their niche at APSU.

Austin Peay alumna and Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers will talk briefly about her Austin Peay education and her service and successes.

Bowers was elected Montgomery County mayor in 2006 after serving as Montgomery County trustee from 1998-2006. During 1969-98, she was a high school business/computer teacher in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

After earning a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in education from APSU, Bowers earned more than 60 graduate hours in computers and supervision from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Tennessee State University and APSU. She later received the Certified Public Administrator designation through the University of Tennessee's County Official Certificate Training Program.

Bowers, who's been married 43 years and has two daughters and two grandchildren, is active in many local associations and has held statewide offices in such organizations as the Middle Tennessee Trustees' Association, Tennessee Trustee's Association and County Officials Association of Tennessee.

In recognition of her service to the community, Bowers has received many awards. Among them, she received the 2004 Athena Award for professional leadership among women. In 2004, she also was named Rotarian of the Year and Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellow. In 2003, she was chosen the Middle Tennessee Trustees' Association's Trustee of the Year.

To register or for more information about APSU's College and Career Event, telephone (800) 844-APSU or visit apsu.edu/APnight. -- Dennie B. Burke