TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 7, 2012) - Non-traditional students
make up a significant percentage of community college enrollment nationwide. At
Tallahassee Community College, 26.9 percent of the Fall 2011 enrollment was
over the age of 24.
Many of those students are returning to college and, at TCC, the
Returning Adult Student Organization (RASO) serves this student population by
identifying challenges associated with a return to the classroom experience and
seeking ways to erase the burden by employing innovative solutions that will
enhance the students' campus life. This has been accomplished by raising
awareness to and promoting students' financial, academic and relaxation
balance. Recently, RASO introduced a financial aid workshop to aid students in
creating a scholarship portfolio. The club also debuted a chess tournament last
spring and plans to launch a tai chi class in the near future.
According to club president Karl Casey, RASO also strives to
align itself with TCC's commitment to providing the highest possible quality
education to the student body, including those with special needs. Recently,
RASO donated a keyboard designed for students with disabilities.
"RASO is aware that students with disabilities must endure
added challenges in their academic pursuits," said Casey. "When
we (RASO) saw the opportunity to support the College by
donating a visual aid device, we gladly took it."
The E-Z Eyes keyboard is set up on the second floor of the William
D. Law, Jr. Learning Commons at a disability accessible workstation and will
aid students who have a difficult time seeing the key pad against a dark
"Returning adults students with disabilities are the true
benefactors of this donation," said Casey, who added the donation was also
made to create awareness for the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Passed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities
Act recognizes and protects the civil rights of people with disabilities
and is modeled after earlier landmark laws prohibiting discrimination on the
basis of race and gender.