Colleges increasingly rely on part-time teachers

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Jamie Arehart always wanted to teach college students. So she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English and began teaching.

For the past four years the lively brunette with a ready smile has been living her dream.

But the dream has turned into a nightmare.

Arehart teaches English at three colleges in Lancaster and York counties. She has five classes a semester and one this summer — more than a full-time professor.

But she earns less than $30,000 a year, with no retirement benefits or medical insurance. She bartends at a VFW in Myerstown on weekends and still can't make ends meet.

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