The short answer to this is that the school wants you to succeed, and feel that distractions like work can compromise that goal, unless you are very motivated and have complete support from home. They are still a young program, and the first-time NCLEX pass rates are an important metric. Don't hold that against them, since this is a very good program, without a lot of the nonsense I've heard about at some other programs. By and large, all the CT commmunity college programs are very good - I've heard excellent things about Norwalk CC (GCC "grew" out fo the this program) and Naugatuck Valley CC. The faculty at GCC are very good, and will help you to succeed, if you pay attention and allow them to do so.
I am one of the few who does work full time, but I have no children at home, and I welcome the challenge of school.
Clinicals are usually from 1600-2300, Wed and Thurs, except the first semester, which LPN's are not required to attend. There are also several experiences per semester that require daytime attendance - I pick and choose among these, since I can't afford to miss too much work.
All I can say is that so far, it works OK for me, but I have little in the way of social life!
Because of the increasing demand for seats in this program, they do not have to consider any criteria other than GPA, yet. I can't say whether 3.5 is the cut-off, or not. I also found the info session very unhelpful, but persevered anyway. Unfortunately, many people who found the pre-reqs easy may not do so well in nursing courses where you have to apply more than book knowledge. Exam questions are rarely based on rote memorization of facts in books - it's all about the critical thinking necessary to the nursing process.
Most of out LPN's are very good nurses, and we look to them as leaders.
I hope this helps,