Roane State to host Adult Learner Expo at Oak Ridge Campus on April 24

Roane State will host an Adult Learner Expo at its Oak Ridge Branch Campus on April 24, 2024, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. ET.

The event is aimed at sharing higher education opportunities with working adults. Information on academic programs and skills training will be shared. Roane State staff will also highlight resources for busy adults who may need assistance navigating the college environment.

“A lot of potential students inquire about the programs and specialized workforce training we offer, and their biggest concerns are finding the time to complete classes while working full time and paying for tuition,” explained Quita Zerr, the college’s director of recruiting.

Organizers have planned the Adult Learner Expo to ensure the material available to potential students addresses these top concerns. Roane State staff from a variety of departments will be on hand to share details about support services available to adult students, such as free counseling, success coaches, job placement, and financial aid.

Additionally, the event will feature degree and certificate programs that offer flexible schedules with weekend, evening, and online course options.

“Attending the expo is a quick and easy way to get the information they need to make a decision about going to college,” Zerr added. “Each person’s situation is a little different, so we can answer all their questions in one place.”

Roane State’s Oak Ridge Campus is located at 701 Briarcliff Avenue. The expo will be held in the Atrium of the Coffey/McNally Building. Signs on campus will direct visitors where to go.

Those planning to attend the event can RSVP at, but registration is not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

Enrollment for summer and fall classes is now open at Roane State. The free application for admission is available at

Questions about the Adult Learner Expo or general enrollment can be directed to the Roane State Student Enrollment Office by emailing

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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