POSTED: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 6:52pm
EL PASO- Cheryl Howard needs a lot of energy. She's a full-time student at UTEP, 54 years-young.
Her first class of the day is fitness, filled with kids 30 years her junior.
But she runs stairs just like they do. An 8:20 a.m. bell means cardio is over and classwork begins. Today, it's geometry.
Cheryl is studying to become a special education teacher. She used to work for the state but thought she was going to get laid off.
So she quit and enrolled at UTEP in 2006.
"You know how there's always things that you know in your life you should do? For me going to school was always that thing," she says.
She's not alone. Enrollment has increased at UTEP among students 50 and older.
Workforce Solutions of El Paso says employers look for educated applicants in a tight economy.
As the recession goes on, more adults are listening and enrolling, including Cheryl. The Chicago native is all set to graduate next December.
She joins adults across the country dancing towards diplomas, and the hope of a job.