adult learners Education Desk: Rookie Teacher At Age 59 By Dusty Rhodes • Sep 20, 2016 Courtesy of Jim Melvin Jim Melvin is finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. He's a rookie in the classroom, but a seasoned veteran at real life. At age 59, he's in his first full year of teaching social studies at V.I.T. High School -- a small school near Macomb, Illinois. Illinois Issues: State Hopes To Lure Adults Back To College By Dusty Rhodes • Oct 8, 2015 Courtesy of Ricca Louissaint Illinois needs more college-educated workers and can't meet that goal with traditional students. Here's what some schools are doing to attract adult learners.