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78-year old woman goes to college

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  A 78-year old Valdosta woman is going to college for the first time.

Frances Jackson starts school at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College next month.

She'll be the oldest student at the school but she says you're never too old to get an education.

Frances Jackson likes to be on the go. After she retired as a school bus driver in December 2009, she decided she wanted to go to school.

"It was getting boring there me by myself so I said I'll go back to school," said Jackson.

But passing the entrance test was challenging. She didn't pass it the first two times, but the third time turned out to be the charm.

"Passing that compass test was the happiest day of my life," said Jackson.

"She's inspired me and lot of other students because she never gave up and she still has goals and that's something everyone needs," said Rhena Wienert, a Wiregrass GEorgia Technical College instructor.

Her instructor helped with the writing portion of the test to improve her score. Jackson started taking free computer classes through the georgia work ready program.

Ms. Jackson starts school April fourth two days after her 79th birthday.

"It's an honor because I'm older than everybody even my teacher," said Jackson.

She'll begin with core classes in health care and then she'll start the practical nursing program. She hopes to get a job at Smith Northview or South Georgia Medical Center.

And her words of wisdom to everyone are you're never too old to learn.

Frances Jackson graduated from Cook County High School in 1951 and raised three kids on her own.

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