Oklahoma Business Leaders Support College Completion Agenda

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When Joyce Coleman enrolled in the paralegal program at Rose State College, she didn't fit the profile of a typical community college student.

But despite that, she's exactly the kind of student Oklahoma business and higher education leaders hope to see increase in number in the coming years.

Coleman, 44, graduated in May with an associate degree in paralegal studies. But her time at Rose State wasn't her first college experience — before starting at Rose State, she already held a bachelor of business administration degree from Langston University and a master's degree in creative studies from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Although it's relatively common for adult students to enroll in associate degree programs, Coleman said she suspects it's less common for students with graduate-level degrees to come back for an associate degree.

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