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Spring Fling College Fair Helps Adults Return to School

Thursday February 12, 2009

More than 25 schools and colleges, from the University of Louisville to Indiana Wesleyan, will be on hand for the annual Spring Fling College Fair, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

The event is at the Mellwood Arts Center (1860 Mellwood Avenue) on Feb. 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fair is open to everyone, but it is specifically geared toward adults who dropped out of college and want to return to finish their degrees.

“People can literally transform their lives with a degree,” Abramson said. “It leads to people with better jobs, better salaries, better lives and, ultimately, leads to a stronger, better Louisville.”

Abramson noted that people in Louisville with some college but no degree earn, on average, $32,000. But people with a bachelor’s earn an average of $52,000.

The annual college fair is part of the Graduate Greater Louisville initiative — a joint partnership between Greater Louisville Inc, the metro chamber of commerce; Kentuckiana Works, the local workforce development agency; the Mayor’s Office and 31 colleges and universities on both sides of the Ohio River.

One in five Louisville adults — 104,000 people – have some college credit but no degree.

People attending the Spring Fling fair may immediately re-enroll in college – and get advice on tuition assistance, scholarship and federal grants.

Graduate Greater Louisville also has a website, www.graduategreaterlouisville.com, and a toll-free number that people can call to re-enroll and find financial aid — 1-877-GO-4-GRAD. Spring Fling is partially funded by KnowHow2GoKY.org, a website for students interested in college.