More people enrolled at colleges and universities in Kentucky last fall than ever before.
More than a quarter of a million students signed up for schools in the stateï¿½5 percent more than the year before.
Educators agree the weak economy plays a part in that surge of interest in education.
But the numbers also show Kentuckians may be thinking differently about education.
The biggest increase came in the stateï¿½s community and technical colleges. Unemployed people see community schools as an efficient way to increase their job skills.
But stories in this monthï¿½s Kentucky Living show that education can also be part of broader life goals.
Brandi McElfresh describes a winding life journey that led to nursing preparation at Maysville Community and Technical College.
You can read about the long days of Keneysha Rodney, working, volunteering, raising a family, and attending Elizabethtown Community and Technical College to be a high school English teacher.
Brandi and Keneysha arenï¿½t responding to the economy of the past year, but to life ambitions. They see college as the way to make those dreams come true.
Theyï¿½re not alone. While enrollment at Kentucky colleges jumped from 2008, the number of students in the past 10 years has grown 40 percent. Higher education in Kentucky is becoming a way of life.
To be a part of that growing number of students of all ages, you can get help from the Kentucky Living 2010 College Guide. Right after you finish reading Keneyshaï¿½s story, youï¿½ll find contact and background information on each of Kentuckyï¿½s colleges and universities.