Eastern Florida State College rides US trend

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Cynthia Leto received 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, re-branded 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,” she said. “The community college was great, and you could get basic information, but having that degree is going to be a whole different experience.

“It’s closer to home. I don’t have to drive to Orlando. I’m really excited about getting that university feel 20 minutes from my house,” she said.

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