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August 19, 2012

High school dropout now hoping for master’s degree

Several years ago, a 22-year-old Logansport resident walked through the doors of the former Landmark Adult Learning Center, her young son in tow, looking to start classes toward earning a General Education Development certificate.

Now, 29-year-old Yesenia Martinez is getting ready to start her last few classes she needs to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. And she doesn’t plan on stopping there.

Martinez is one of 45 students and counting who are enrolled at the Logansport satellite campus of Trine University. She completed an associate’s degree through Ivy Tech in Logansport before starting at Trine in 2011.

Both schools are reporting enrollment increases this year.

Tami McMahan, director of Trine’s Logansport campus, noted that the 45 students who had enrolled for fall classes represented an increase from last fall’s final head count of 42. More important, she said, those students had registered for more credit hours.

As of Thursday, students at Trine-Logansport had registered for 486 credit hours, up from 444 hours last fall. Registration for the fall closes a week from today, the start of the fall term.

Through Friday, in the Kokomo region of Ivy Tech, of which Logansport’s campus is a part, students had registered for more credit hours’ worth of classes than last year, according to Krysten Hinkle, associate director of admissions for Ivy Tech-Logansport. Classes there start today.

The number of Hispanic students registering in Ivy Tech’s Kokomo region is also up, Hinkle said, a phenomenon she suggested could be attributed mainly to enrollment at the Logansport campus.

Martinez, born in Chicago to Mexican parents, had dropped out of high school after her sophomore year. She thinks it was part of being a “stubborn teenager,” she said, but not having her high school diploma left her with few employment options when she moved with her family to Logansport at the age of 18.

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