Aug 312004
Authors: Sara Bahnson

Off-Campus Student Services/Resources for Adult Learners

provides off-campus and nontraditional students with resources on

everything from roommates to security deposits while also assisting

students in making connections on campus.

According to the Off-Campus Student Services office,

approximately 75 percent of CSU students live off campus.

Off-Campus Student Services helps students with the challenges of

off-campus life, including the rental process, commuting and


“The main service that we provide to off-campus students is our

online rental listing service,” said Jeannie Ortega, director of

the office. The OCSS Web site gives off-campus students the

opportunity to look up available rentals in the area, as well as

post their own listings.

The office also provides pamphlets on lease language, apartment

repairs, dealing with roommates, landlords and security


“For those that are new to the rental process, we have a lot of

information that walks them through the stages of renting,” Ortega

said. The office also helps off-campus students by making referrals

to other organizations on campus such as Student Legal Services.

Information on city ordinances, bus schedules and maps are

available at Off-Campus Student Services as well.

Another component of Off-Campus Student Services is Resources

for Adult Learners, which offers services to nontraditional

students, defined as those 23 years old or older.

The nontraditional student population represented 17 percent of

the undergraduate population in 2003, “but we as an office broaden

the definition (of a nontraditional student) even more,” Ortega


Resources for Adult Learners also assists students who have just

come out of the military, are single parents, are married or have


“We do more programming on a smaller scale for the

nontraditional student population because it is easier to build a

sense of connection and community this way,” Ortega said.

Resources for Adult Learners provides smaller programs such as

Java Jumpstart, a weekly informal social event for nontraditional

students to build relationships and network. Other services offered

include presentations by guest speakers from the Center for

Advising and Student Achievement and the Career Center.

“We also connect nontraditional students with liaison

representatives from across campus so that they have a person to

contact that they know will be understanding of the adult learner

experience,” Ortega said. Resources for Adult Learners collaborates

with the Non-Traditional Student Club and Sponsor Pinnacle, the

nontraditional student honor society.

Resources for Adult Learners tries to combat some of the stress

of being a nontraditional student, not only with its programs, but

also by making the office feel like a home away from home, said Jan

Rastall, coordinator of Resources for Adult Learners.

“(Being a nontraditional student) takes a commitment on the part

of an older student … and your dedication to your studies must be

strong,” said Patricia Potter, 48, a senior business and accounting


Off-Campus Student Services and Resources for Adult Learners

provides CSU students with resources and services that assist in

making the college experience more manageable.

“If students can identify with a place or a group (like

Off-Campus Student Services and Resources for Adult Learners), it

can help make this large campus seem less overwhelming,” Ortega


Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Noon to 4:00 p.m.


4:00 to 8:00 p.m.


If you are a non-traditional student interested in Resources for

Adult Learners, try Java Jumpstart. Start your week with a Java

jump of coffee and conversation with other non-traditional students

from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday mornings in the OCSS/RAL lounge,

lower level of the Lory Student Center.


Jeannie Ortega, Director of Off-Campus Student Services and

Resources for Adult Learners

(970) 491-2248

Jan Rastall, Resources for Adult Learners

(970) 491-2248

Patricia Potter, senior business/accounting major

(970) 667-3705

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