Lambton College ‘mature student’ tells her story

After 15 years of working in 'dead-end' jobs, it was time to go back to school

After 15 years of working in what she described as “dead-end jobs,” Julie Taylor decided it was time to go back to school to pursue a career. She said she chose Lambton College because it was close to home and offered a two-year diploma program with a co-op component.

As a mature student, Julie was able to seek guidance and support from various services within the college. She admits that she was surprised at how easy it was to sit down with staff and faculty when she found herself overwhelmed with questions and concerns.

“It had never occurred to me that the staff would take time out of their busy day to speak with a prospective student, like myself,” she admits.

For those who find themselves in similar situations, Lambton College would like to extend an open invitation to visit the campus on Wednesday, March 9vbetween 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Room N105 for an informative and interactive Return to Learn drop-in session.

Whether you’re a college or university graduate looking to enhance your degree, recently unemployed and interested in making a career change, or simply looking to upgrade your existing skills, these college information sessions provide interested applicants with the opportunity to speak to program advisors, faculty, and staff about everything that Lambton College has to offer mature and returning students.

“These are drop-in sessions where you can meet with Lambton College representatives in a casual, friendly, one-on-one format,” says Cindy Buchanan, Senior Director, Marketing, Communications & Brand Development. “It’s a very informal setup but can still provide you with all the information you need if you’re looking to enroll in a Lambton College program September 2016.”

While high school students often have all their options and resources readily available to them when making a decision about college, Buchanan says it can be a little more difficult for mature or returning students to know where to access the resources and services available to them.

The good news is that the application process for mature students is the same as it is for everybody else and there are a variety of services available to help navigate the application process.

As for Julie, she says that Lambton College has provided her with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue her future career with confidence.

“I can’t wait for the day that my classmates and I take our walk across the stage to accept our diplomas!” she says.

To find out more about Julie’s story, Lambton College programs, or to pre-register for the upcoming Return-to-Learn session, go to

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