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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Nontraditional students achieve their dreams, graduate from college

Going back to college meant Christopher L. Post spent a lot of late nights with his head buried in books.
But devoting all that time to furthering his education also meant more chores around the house for his kids, no family vacations and asking his wife and family to cut back without his regular income.


 Post’s story of heading back to college later in life plays out routinely at places like Empire State College, the State University of New York’s liberal arts college that caters to what are considered “nontraditional” students. That definition is typically based on a student’s age and part-time status. And it turns out that there are now more college students like Post than the traditional, 18- to 22-year-olds.

In 2011, more people in the United States enrolled as part-time college students who were age 25 and above than entered college for the first time as a full-time student, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Post had once enrolled at St. Bonaventure University and also attended Jamestown Community College, but he didn’t get his degree when he was younger. He took a break from school, moved to Florida and then began careers in the restaurant and retail business.

When his employer closed in 2010, he decided it was time to go back to college. On Saturday, he received a master’s degree in teaching and served as the graduate student speaker during the ceremony.

Source: The Buffalo News

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