Focus magazine article: The New Face of the Freshman Class

last modified Jan 03, 2018 10:48 AM

According to Focus magazine, if you think of a “college freshman” as a dorm-dwelling 18-year-old, think again.

Instead consider a 52-year-old grandmother of four … a 26-year-old high school dropout … a 23-year old Army National Guard sergeant back from the Middle East … a 34-year old immigrant from Mexico. These are truly the students of today.

They’re a diverse and driven group, with goals forged in hard times and odd jobs, false starts and course corrections. They’ve raised children, waited tables, landscaped yards, cleaned restaurant carpets at 2 a.m., maintained Army helicopters in the desert heat. They’re adults now – and students, too, because they’ve learned, often the hard way, that a high school diploma isn’t enough.

Focus magazine recently placed a spotlight on these individuals, featuring eight of them in its fall 2017 article, "The New Face of the Freshman Class." Of the eight students written about in the piece, four are CPCC Engineering Technologies students who not only comprise America’s “new freshman class," but who are also seeking or have recently earned their first credential after high school.

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