Adult Learners Affinity Group

Dee is an adult learner at NCTC

Some are seeking to start a second career. Others are pursuing a long held dream of a degree or setting an example for a younger family member. But for whatever reason, when you’re past a certain age, it can require a lot of courage to reenter the world of quizzes and textbooks, especially now that technology has changed nearly every aspect of the student experience. Whether you’re 50+ or even in your 40’s or 30’s, we want to help you overcome whatever obstacles may come your way.

At NCTC we recognize this, which is why we formed the Adult Learners Affinity Group to encourage those who’ve been away from the classroom for a number of years. We’ve appointed specialized counselors, who we call mentors, to provide you with useful resources for navigating your way towards your educational goals. You can set up an appointment anytime to discuss whatever challenges you are facing.

In addition to this, by using the NCTC app you can connect to our online community of Adult Learners, sharing common experiences and encouraging one another’s success.


Connect with Affinity Groups two ways:

Reach out to an Advocate below or download the NCTC App to start connecting with NCTC students in this group right now!

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Affinity Group Advocates

Cristy Gottardi

Cristina Gottardi
(940) 498-6282, ext. 6420

“I have great respect for those who have already navigated life, careers and family. They enter college with more wisdom, knowledge and drive than most. The life experience and knowledge they bring helps enrich the learning process for not only their fellow students but for the entire NCTC team. It’s not easy to start school again after a long break, but education has no age limit.”

Shannon Solomon

Shannon Solomon
(940) 498-6459

“As a career coach and a career changer myself, I have a natural connection with Adult Learners. I can provide insight and resources to help guide you towards success in your individual journey towards improving, expanding, or changing your career. I admire individuals who have the courage to take action to get to where they want to be, and I look forward to partnering with you as you strive to meet your goals.”


Sara Kluth

Sara Kluth
(972) 899-8408

“As a fellow adult learner, I hope I can provide encouragement, insight, and resources as you are working towards your educational goals. Juggling multiple roles and dealing with new technology are challenging, but not insurmountable. Adult learners bring a lot to the table with career and life experiences. I look forward to supporting you in your journey!”

Dr. Graham Cox

Dr.  Graham Cox
(940) 498-6450

“Over the last two decades, my teaching and advising experience has allowed me to develop a broad familiarity with students' differing educational and experiential backgrounds. More than that, however, I was an adult learner myself. Adult learners often juggle work, family, and other responsibilities, in addition to coursework. I appreciate the courage and sacrifice it sometimes takes for those who choose to return to school later in life. I look forward to helping you navigate these and other challenges on your path to success.”