UD’s ACCESS Center Offers Free Advisement Services To Students And Community Members

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By Chelsea White:  Communications intern,
Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Delaware

The Adult Center for Continuing Education Student Services (ACCESS) at the University of Delaware provides free advisement, career counseling, and credit course registration for individuals who wish to achieve their educational and career goals.

The ACCESS Center offers services such as discovering University degree options and resources for those who want to further their education, including:

•  Community members interested in career exploration

•  Prospective continuing education students

•  Prospective transfer students

•  Prospective professional development certificate students

•  High school students

“Our office serves a diverse population,” says Michelle Parnell, manager of the ACCESS Center. “We meet with and assist many different groups, from high school students up to individuals who are interested in the University’s Over-60 Program for Delaware residents.”

Those who visit the ACCESS Center receive assistance with exploring careers and developing personal career plans. If visitors are unsure of what careers to pursue, the center offers various tests to help them choose fitting career paths. The advisors can also help students choose majors and courses.

“UD’s ACCESS advisor made me feel so comfortable, and made me feel that [continuing my education] was doable,” says a former continuing education student. “I signed up for two classes, and when I earned A’s, it felt great.”

High school students who want to get a head start on college requirements or improve their chances for college admission can also visit the ACCESS Center to learn about UD pre-college and dual-enrollment programs.

The ACCESS Center is located on UD’s Newark campus and is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. To make an appointment with an advisor, call the ACCESS Center at 302-831-8843 or write to access-advise@udel.edu.

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