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Published: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 4:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 8:31 a.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – When Vicki Dwyer graduated from nursing school recently, she was the oldest in her class. At 48, she was not the typical college student, but she also was not the only graduating nurse in her 40s.

"There were some other students who are a few years younger than me," Dwyer said. "Some in their 30s, a few in their late 40s."

Angie Gardeck, 42, of Algonquin graduated from design school a year ago after working in accounting and then spending 10 years as a stay-at-home mom, she said. Now she owns an interior design business called New Perspective Design Inc.

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