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Stories from the Education Pipeline: Dean Church talks going back to college over 30 years after high school

After serving in the Army and working over 20 years at a manufacturing company in Lenoir, Dean Church had a serious knee injury. While out recovering, he lost his job. 

“I really was lost,” Church said. “I had no idea what I was going to do.”

Watch below to learn how Church’s return to the education system at Caldwell Community College has opened up his options and changed his mindset. This is the fourth video of a series of stories on individuals across North Carolina with nontraditional educational pathways. Read about North Carolina’s leaky educational pipeline at

Liz Bell

Liz Bell is the early childhood reporter for EducationNC.