Changing careers in today’s economy often means going back to college to learn new skills. Community colleges are usually the first place to which career changers turn, and not just because they’re a good value.

College for adult learners

Community colleges have served adult learners for decades. We understand the challenges faced by older students who often have family and job responsibilities.

With its affordable tuition, evening and online courses, and experience serving older students, Henry Ford Community College is your best choice  for gaining the skills and credentials you need  to advance your career and enrich your life.

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HFCC embraces student learning as its primary and defining mission, and supports learning through small classes, free tutoring, instructional technology, and personal attention from faculty who know you by name. For many, HFCC is a better choice than a large university campus with its 200-seat lecture halls.

Half the cost 

And, in these challenging economic times, getting the most value from your educational investment is more important than ever. Check the tuition and fees charged by the other institutions you may be considering and see if HFCC is your wisest investment for higher education. You’ll find that, with support from HFCC, County and the state, plus the college’s cost-efficient operations, HFCC’s tuition and fees are less than half those of a university and a quarter or less of what you’d pay at a private college.

Courses to fit your schedule

You understand that college could help your career and enrich your life. But can it fit into your busy life? HFCC knows you have other obligations, so the college offers classes in several formats to accommodate adult lives.

For those with traditional 9 to 5 jobs, HFCC offers an extensive lineup of evening classes. In fact, a fourth of its instructional activity takes place after 6 p.m. And many of these classes meet only one day a week, saving commuting expenses and minimizing the disruption of your daily routine.

Online courses provide the most flexibility and control over your time.  While course assignments will usually have hard deadlines, you control when and where you do the work. In a typical semester, HFCC offers several dozen courses entirely online.

Another format attractive to adult learners is the hybrid course, which combines online learning with occasional campus classroom meetings. A common format has the class meeting on campus one night every-other week, with Web assignments in between. You get much of the convenience of an online course, but with the reassurance and benefits of periodic face-to-face interaction with faculty and classmates.

Career starters and
career changers

HFCC offers a number of two-year degree programs to prepare you for immediate entry into a career. Many of these programs also offer one-year certificates, and even shorter term letters of recognition.

In addition to degree-credit programs, the training efforts offer multiple ways to get training for entry-level positions that don’t require a degree. For the entire range of non-credit options, visit

Financial aid is available

Although HFCC offers your most affordable higher education option, many may find paying for college a challenge. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at as the first step in exploring your financial aid options.

Craig Clagett