After more than three decades in the workforce, Kimberly-Joi Foster decided to go back to school.
She enrolled at Goodwin College after she was laid off from her medical billing job this summer, and couldn’t find a new one.
"You know, for every one job there's 50 people looking for the same job so it's just, putting an application in and waiting,” Foster said.
She sent Eyewitness News a “First Day on 3” photo that got nearly 5,000 “Likes” on Facebook.
The life-long Hartford resident will become a certified professional coder in the insurance industry.
"Oh, it's great - it's wonderful. I was a little nervous that maybe I was possibly the older person in class and I wasn't,” Foster said.
Her determination brought many of the Channel 3 Facebook friend’s a lot of joy recently, getting more than 250 comments on the Facebook post.
"People I grew-up with, I went to summer camp with, old co-workers! A lot of them say that's the same smile, you haven't changed, and that looks like you,” Foster said. “Some of the comments made me cry.”
Foster said she’s getting a second chance at Goodwin College, where most of the 3,600 undergraduates are considered “non-traditional” because of their age.
"They're clearly going back to school because they want a change in their life and they want something to be different and we want to give them that difference that makes them happy,” said Tamara O’Day-Stevens, of Goodwin College.
Foster said she had to take out student loans, but has some advice for anyone too afraid to start over: "I would tell them, it's going to be scary but just go dive right into it and everything should work out fine."
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