Down economy, up graduate numbers

RALEIGH The economy is prompting Wake Technical Community College's largest graduating class ever, with 1,100 students graduating at Raleigh's Convention Center. But for some, going back to school was their only option after the financial system took its toll.

"It feels good," graduate Anthony Mennella said. "It's a path I've taken before, so it's not new but I enjoy it every time.

Mennella, 67, received his third diploma on Sunday.

"Well I was officially retired twice already," he said. "It's actually dropped about one third, my retirement portfolio."

Nowadays, having two careers is nothing new. Even ABC11 Eyewitness News' Safety Manager Rob Judson worked hard for a second degree from Wake Tech on Sunday.

And Mennella says he'll use his new degree in heating and air to help others.

"Friends, family, like the people at church that have a difficult time making ends meet, I can make a little money and they can save a little money," he said.

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