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Older students look to college to boost job skills

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Experts say enrollment of older students is increasing at Iowa community colleges, and they believe one reason for that is that more people are seeking jobs, rather than retiring.

The Iowa Department of Education says enrollment by students 55 and older in the state's community colleges has increased by 300 students in 2010 to 1,661. Many education researchers say they believe increased numbers of older students are enrolling in college for degrees across the country in hopes to getting good jobs.

A representative for The American Council on Education says many older people are realizing they can't yet retire and need the training to get new jobs.

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