Middle-Aged College Student Enrollment Up

by WHIZ Reporter on March 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

New numbers from the National Center for Education show a nation-wide increase in college enrollment from the "Baby-Boomer" generation.

Back in 2009 at age 52, Teresa King decided to go back to Zane State College to get her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting.

King said after 25 years of weaving baskets, she was ready to start on a new adventure.

"At some point I realized I wouldn’t be weaving baskets forever, and wanted to do something different, and actually wanted to do something that mattered to make a difference is someone else’s life, instead of maybe just weaving baskets," said King.

Zane State College’s Dean of Educational Health and Behavioral Services Barb Shelby said King is not alone in her quest to obtain a Degree later in life.

Shelby said many "Baby-Boomers" are looking for new careers.

"I think we have seen the manufacturing sector in the past has been an area where we have seen losses based on the economy, and the frequently those people are coming back to healthcare, which is– we always have a need for healthcare, they frequently are very well-paying positions," said Shelby.

Shelby said over 10% of the student population at Zane State is over the age of 40.