Adults, facing the realities of shaky job markets and unsecured futures, are heading back to school to become more valuable in what they do.

Or more marketable for what they would rather do.

Several schools are setting out the welcome table for adults considering a return to the classroom this fall. Mercer County College and NJIT each are holding orientation events on Thursday, August 13.

Mercer’s “Back to School Night for Adults” begins at 5 p.m. at the school’s West Windsor campus on Old Trenton Road. Attendees will receive a coupon for a 10 percent discount on fall registration, plus the chance to win a free class.

Noncredit programs for fall include professional licensure and certificate programs in graphic design, project management, nonprofit management, dental radiologic technology, green management, and ServSafe certification for food service managers. “Locomotive Engineer & Conductor Basic Training,” which prepares workers for the growing rail transportation industry, returns for its second year.

To view the course bulletin of the Center for Continuing Studies online, go to www. mccc.edu/ccs, or for more information E-mail ComEd@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3311.

NJIT’s “Adult Learner Open House” also begins at 5 p.m. at the school’s main campus in Newark. The night is designed to introduce adults to NJIT’s “weekend university,” as well as its graduate degree and certificate programs, online courses, and extension sites. For more information, visit http://adultlearner.njit.edu/about/openhouse.

Burlington County College is hosting a quartet of open houses at two of its campuses. On Monday, August 17, or Thursday, August 20, adult and degree-program students can visit BCC’s Pemberton campus 1 to 4 p.m., or 5 to 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 18, prospective students can learn about BCC’s programs and courses at the Mount Laurel campus from 1 to 4 p.m., or from 5 to 8 p.m. Or they can visit on Wednesday, August 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. Go to www.bcc.edu for more information.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham will host an open house for adult students on Wednesday, August 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Participants will learn about FDU’s transfer policies, financial aid and financing options, and talk to faculty about programs such as business, education and nursing, plus FDU’s bachelor of arts in individualized studies (BAIS). Faculty and staff will answer questions about the university’s weekend and evening classes, short-term certificate programs, and credit for life experience.

Adults interested in enrolling in this fall can also receive an on-the-spot conditional admission decision with appropriate documents presented for review. To register, visit www.fdu.edu/achieve.For more information E-mail achieve@fdu.edu or call 201-692-2551.

Raritan Valley College will be hosting its LEO (Life Education Opportunity) information session on Thursday, August 27, at its North Branch campus. Visit www.raritanval.edu for more information.

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