Melissa Cross remembers how scary it was when she first walked into the college classroom 12 years ago to start work on a business administration degree.
"Some of the students were younger than my son," she says.
Cross and FKI Logistics co-worker Carmen Hampton decided to attend college despite the fact it had been years since either one had set foot in a classroom. a
Cross, now 48, recently graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting. She started college when she was 36 by taking classes on nights and weekends. Hampton, 42, started 16 years ago at Lindsey Wilson College and will graduate from EKU in December with a bachelor of arts degree in public relations.
Both women have had to juggle attending night and weekend classes with their families and their current jobs at FKI Logistics, formerly Mathews Conveyor. "I have learned to survive on four hours sleep," says Hampton of the 18 hours she spends most days working, going to class, and studying.