SPOKANE, Wash. -- Unemployment numbers may be trending in the right direction, and many are opting to head to the classroom instead of the unemployment line.
The average age for a student in the Community Colleges of Spokane is 31. Just a few years ago, it was 28. KREM 2 talked with two men who fit the bill.
David Koski and Juan Sanchez both used to be in the Navy. The men said once they completed their service to our country, they had little options when it came to work they were passionate about.
"I went back to construction but the reason I went to the Navy was to get out of that," Koski said. "I realized I needed some formal education."
"We know we're in economical hard times," said Sanchez. "I think that really is a mayor factor. For me, I just wanted to start over. Do something new."
The trends aren't just beneficial for those students. Enrollment at the Community Colleges of Spokane is up four percent compared to two years ago.
Both men will graduate in December. They plan to stay in Spokane.