Community colleges graduate to 4-year programs

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Cynthia Leto earned her associate of arts degree in 2008 from the former Brevard Community College, and she has since logged three years of experience as a full-time bookkeeper.

But when fall classes resumed Monday, the 28-year-old Port St. John resident returned to the newly renamed, rebranded school—Eastern Florida State College—as one of the inaugural students pursuing a bachelor's degree.

"I eventually want to open my own business, and I'm trying to hone my skills. The community college was great, and you could get basic information—but having that degree is going to be a whole different experience," Leto said.

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