FOREWORD

The new face of the freshman class

If you think of a “college freshman” as a dorm-dwelling 18-year-old, think again. Instead consider a 52-year-old grandmother of four … a 26-year-old high school dropout … a 23-year old Army National Guard sergeant back from the Middle East … a 34-year old immigrant from Mexico. These are truly the students of today.

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Rodney Owens: Making Up for Lost Time

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Rodney Owens graduated from high school in 1991, his choice seemed clear: go to a four-year college or get a job. Now, decades later, he realizes there are other options, and he’s made it his mission to let young high school graduates know that.

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Ivan Fernandez: Realizing a Long-Deferred Dream

SEATTLE — Cesar Ivan Fernandez always thought that if he could get back to school, his life would be better. After dropping out of college, working in several jobs, moving frequently, getting married and trying for years to clarify his immigration status, Fernandez returned to school in 2015 at Seattle Central College. He is now […]

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Marcia McCallum: Finally, It’s Her Turn

USTIN, Texas — Marcia McCallum graduated from high school in 1983. She decided to continue her education 29 years later. A lot of life happened in between.

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Chris Mulford: From Deployment to Diploma

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chris Mulford was deployed to Jordan and Kuwait with the North Carolina Army National Guard when he decided he needed to plan for the future.

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Maliaka White: Making It Stick This Time

SEATTLE — Maliaka White was scared. A single mother of two, she suddenly found herself out of work. That’s when she decided she would try again — for the fourth time — to further her education.

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José Cancino: Once a Dropout, Now a Scholar

AUSTIN, Texas — Sometimes it just takes a change of scene to change a life. Just ask José Cancino.

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Nick & Lukas Kwiatkowski: An Apprenticeship Brotherhood

STANLEY, N.C. — Nicholas Kwiatkowski gave his younger brother, Lukas, his first job. Lukas later returned the favor, showing Nick a path to a career. The brothers followed very different routes to the same destination: the Blum Inc. factory in Stanley, N.C., and the Apprenticeship 2000 program. Lukas signed up for Apprenticeship 2000 — which […]

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis cherishes the memory of his own college experience, yet he knows it's being shared by fewer and fewer of today's students.

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Photography | Shawn Spence Photography
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