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National Nontrad Student Week

National Nontrad Student Week is the first full week in November. Plans for Nontraditional Student Week are well underway for many colleges and universities across the country, recognizing and celebrating exclusively the nontraditional student population. The number of nontraditional students attending college on campus and online is the fasting growing demographic, according to the Department of Education, NCES. There is a growing demand for programs that focus more on this demographic, now more than ever. How a college or university chooses to provide for their nontraditional students can make the difference between a successful adult learner program or an unsuccessful program. At ANTSHE, the focus has always been on nontraditional students, after all, it's in our name! Not sure how you can celebrate nontraditional students on your campus?  

Celebrate Your Nontrads!

  • Coffee and donuts are a great start, how about recognizing nontraditional students that go out of their way to help other nontraditional students through support, motivation, guidance?

  • Consider celebrating nontraditional students with a an essay contest and the winner gets a money prize, gift card, or gift certificate to a local restaurant or better yet, a kid-friendly restaurant like Monkey Joe's or Chuck E Cheese so that parents can get a little break too. 

  • Another great idea is to hold a workshop where nontraditional students can come and get assistance with financial aid, job placement, resume writing, technology and computer assistance, homework help, and so on. 

  • Consider hosting a party in honor of nontraditional students and invite their families and have games, prizes, inflatables or entertainment,  so the whole family can enjoy.

  • How about recognizing specific faculty or administration who have had a direct impact on the lives of adult students at your college or university? Present them with an award or gift card as a sign of appreciation.

  • Pizza and family movie night with popcorn, drinks, candy, the works!

  • Who says that celebrating your nontraditional students has to only happen one week a year, why not start a campaign to host monthly gatherings for nontraditional students and their families. 

These are just a few of the ways that you can show appreciation for and recognize the nontraditional students on your campus and demonstrate your commitment to their educational success. 

Enjoying Pizza
Bubble Station

Organize a Run/Walk, Bike or Swim Event
Need some ideas for your run/walk? 

Check out these ideas for your event. This is a great way to show your unique style. How will you celebrate Nontrad Week? 

  • 5k Run/Walk

  • Bike or swim event

  • Painting party

  • Craft show

  • Festival

  • Fun Themed Event:

  • Pajama-Thon (walk/run in pj's)

  • Moonlight walk/run

  • Family Walk-A-Thon

  • Dog Walk

  • Walk a mile in my shoes (here's a twist, have administrators walk as nontrads with books, kids, strollers, backpacks, let your imagination guide you).

Let Us Know How You Celebrate Your Nontrads. Do you have a special event or celebration honoring your nontrads?

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