Adult Learners

Whether you’re starting a new career or trying to advance in the one you have, Clarion University will help you reach your goals. So why not join the thousands of adult students who are growing in their knowledge at Clarion University?



The availability of programs on campus and online will make your goals attainable even with a busy schedule. We encourage you to apply now.

Once you’ve been accepted, you can get connected with tools to help you succeed. Learn more about these great resources:



Clarion University is home to many adult learners with a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about our demographics here


 If you are a Veteran or a Transfer Student, find out more ways to excel.  

Deb Weaver

Deb Weaver, Assistant to the Director in the School of Education has proven that adult learners and returning students can find success at Clarion University.

After graduating from Franklin High School in 1980, Weaver attended college on and off as time and finances allowed.  After the birth of twin sons in 2000, Deb found that her priorities were at home with her family. 

When her sons were older and didn’t require as much of her time, she decided to rejoin the workforce and return to classes to finish her Associate degree (AS in Applied Technology) at Clarion University. In 2002, Weaver began working part-time in the Student Affairs department at Venango. She moved into a full-time position in the School of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, in 2003. She now assists the director of the School of Education.

Being a wife and mother, working woman and returning student could have been a daunting task, but was made easier, Weaver says, with the help of her advisor, Tim Taylor, instructor in Applied Technology, Department of Justice, Technology and Legal Studies at Venango College.

“Tim was a valuable resource to me, and kept me on track with my degree,” Weaver says.  She adds, “He was constantly in touch with me, ensuring I was taking the correct courses and completing whatever was needed.  He kept me moving in the right direction.”

Weaver received her Associate degree in December 2015, and plans to begin work on a Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies within the next year.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to work and attend classes at Clarion University.  In addition to being able to receive my degree, I have made many dear friends over the years I’ve been employed here.  I am eternally grateful to Clarion,” says Weaver.

Last Updated 7/1/20