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Growing number of adult students headed to college

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 17:48:50-05

Like many students fresh out of high school, Esteban Hernandez had a tough time finding a career path. He tried working at a restaurant, a land-surveying business and a warehouse. He also dabbled in studying radiography, but nothing was a good fit.

Six years passed before Hernandez became a college graduate from Texas State Technical College. He is a candidate for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Avionics. Next week, he will walk the stage to receive his diploma at the Waco Convention Center.  

"Esteban is an amazing student," said Marty Segraves, Chair of the Avionics Department. "He is such an adept student that he has nearly maxed the program. His only B was in an electronics course. When he takes a test, I'm almost disappointed  if he doesn't make a 100."

While it took Hernandez awhile before he could find his way to a meaningful career path, but he is not alone. According to the National Cent for Education Statistics, 33 percent of undergraduate students in the U.S. are over the age of 25, and 22 percent are over the age of 30. Those numbers are expected to grow.

Hernandez will begin working part-time earlier this year at Jag Aviation in McGregor. He will continue his studies in the Aviation Maintenance program at the Texas State Technical College.

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