Daniel Watts had been working in education for years when his teaching career reached a plateau, with some jobs out of reach because he hadn’t finished college. So he decided to go back to school in his 40s and get “that piece of paper,” he says, enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies degree completion program.
Bob Kerr is the type of student the late Bill Harris had in mind when he hatched the idea for Sac State’s career and technical studies program.
Kerr’s bachelor’s degree did not come easy. He commuted from Vallejo for the weekend classes after working stressful graveyard shifts at the Vallejo Police Department. He also hadn’t attended college full-time since 1995.
“It was definitely challenging, but if it was easy, everybody would be doing it,” says Kerr, who graduated in May 2013 and earned the Dean’s Award for the College of Education.