Night classes help fit education with lifestyles
It has been years since Kim Ward sat in a classroom, but she is getting pretty comfortable there at Cape Fear Community College. “I’ve decided that now that my children are of age to go to school, that I should go back with them. I’m going to make a career change. I hope to go into the nursing program,” she said.
Ward is a bookkeeper, but said the economy is pushing her to turn the page to something new. “As business began to slow down, I started to think about other options.”
Night classes help Ward, and other students, fit their education into their lifestyles, and the numbers show it. So far this year, CFCC has enrolled 5,000 students; 25 percent more than this time last year. Ward added, “Every class that I’ve been in is full and there’s a lot of students that I would say are not the traditional students like myself.”
The enrollment is the highest ever at Miller-Motte College, where Derrick Dunbar attends and works. “I actually had started coming back to school right before I got laid off, and I made up my mind then that I wanted to start a new career.”
There are 200 people enrolled in Miller-Motte’s night programs, in everything from dental assistance to cosmetology to business courses. Miller-Motte’s Director of Education, Kris Ryan said, “A lot of single parents, a lot of individuals interested in career changes and I do believe that’s really a result of what’s been happening in the economy.”
Ryan said they work with students to get them into night classes, if they have conflicts during the day.
Many students are looking forward to a new, and successful, career after returning to the classroom.
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