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Colleges Embrace Older Students, Part-Timers

By Sandra Block

Some people in their 30s and 40s go to college to learn new job skills or to change careers. JoAn Blake, 42, did it to cope with an unimaginable loss.

In 1997, Blake’s daughter, Shaina, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that primarily affects children and adolescents. Shaina, then 10, wasn’t expected to live six months. Instead, an experimental treatment put her cancer into remission, and Shaina went on to graduate from high school at the top of her class.

In 2006, Shaina was killed in a car accident. She was a sophomore in college, studying clinical science so she could help sick children.

Blake, who has three other children, decided to honor her daughter by fulfilling Shaina’s goal. She enrolled at Roxbury Community College in Roxbury Crossing, Mass., with plans to earn an associate’s degree. While there, she learned about a scholarship that Boston University’s Metropolitan College offers to parents of children in Boston public schools. She applied and won the scholarship, which has allowed her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in clinical science. She’s scheduled to graduate with honors in May.

Continued at: http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/college/2011-02-14-lifestages14_CV_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

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