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  •  Besides going to public schools.... (8+ / 0-)

    1) On-the-job training as an X-ray tech at a huge county hospital.  We worked 40 hours a week and were given our books, classes when time allowed, a $50 a month stipend, and the right to take the certification exam at the end of two years.  So, the county government paid my training.

    2) Using the job to cover my living expenses I went to UC Riverside, back when the UC schools were very inexpensive.  I got grants and scholarships to help out and worked my way through.

    3) Then I went to law school at UC Davis.  I took out student loans to pay for my first year because everyone said I'd be too busy to be able to work the first year.  While I left after the first year I did spend about a decade paying back that student loan.

    I was able to work my way through four year acupuncture college using the X-Ray job (and the juxtaposition of the two worlds of medicine was just invaluable.)

    So I would not have been able to follow my heart and my dreams without all that assistance.

    Slep in way late this morning, now I'm going to read all your responses!

    REMINDER: California now has a balanced budget.
    All they had to do was get rid of most of their Republicans.
    ~~ @LOLGOP

    by smileycreek on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:42:58 AM PST

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