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New Thoughts Of School

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 state�5 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 state�s community and technical colleges. Unemployed people see community schools as an efficient way to increase their job skills.

But stories in this month�s 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 aren�t responding to the economy of the past year, but to life ambitions. They see college as the way to make those dreams come true.

They�re 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 Keneysha�s story, you�ll find contact and background information on each of Kentucky�s colleges and universities.

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