"I lost my job in October through corporate downsizing because of the economy," said Deanna Helton, formerly a title insurance underwriter in Florida. "It was a complete shock. They announced there would (be) 1,100 layoffs nationwide, but I never expected it would be my position."
38-year-old DeAnna Helton has returned to college. (Daytona NewsJournal Online)
Florida's college head count dropped when construction and hurricane clean up jobs were readily available. The article continues that these jobs have disappeared as the housing slump takes it's toll on the construction sector.
Daytona Beach Community College has seen a 28% increase in the number of students since 2005.
The State University System of Florida reports 13.4 percent more people applied to graduate school in 2007 than the prior year.