Discovering the World, Back at School
Vanessa Rancaño, KQED
Wade Hedrick, 66, says dropping out of college didn’t hurt his career, but it always bothered him that he quit school. Through the Over 60 Program, which waives tuition and most student fees, Hedrick is taking classes at California State University, Fresno.
Hedrick is far from alone. More than 134,000 people over the age of 50 are enrolled in California's public colleges and universities. They are hitting the books later in life to change careers, to pursue unexplored passions, and to get degrees they never finished or had the chance to start.