Back to school for grown-ups too

For the new school year, Ramil Anonuevo got a new back-pack on wheels. He borrowed books to get a head start.

And he found a study buddy: his 11-year-old son, Aaron, who joins him at the dinner table.

Anonuevo, 42, just started an accelerated nursing program at Miami-Dade College. In a year, he should have his degree -- and a new career.

Across South Florida, adults in their 30s, 40s and older are heading back to the classroom in the hopes of changing career paths. They are sales managers, firefighters, research consultants and journalists. They hope to become nurses, priests, lawyers and teachers.

For some, going back to school is a chance to meet a personal goal, reinvent themselves or answer a spiritual calling. For others, like Anonuevo, the extra education is a way out of the recession.

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