Adela Tino and Patricia Sanchez recently went back to school to get their high school diplomas.
The 50-year-old grandmother and the 34-year-old mother of four think the diploma will help them get better jobs.
"They always ask about your education on all the job applications," Sanchez said. "If I can get my diploma I know I'll be able to find a good job."
The friendly La Puente resident has seen it happen in her own family. Her husband, Roman, took English as a second language before taking high school courses at night while he worked to support his family during the day.
"He showed me that it's never too late to go back to school," she said.
In 1999, Roman Sanchez got his high school diploma to the
Patricia Sanchez, 34, works on the computer in the Rowland Unified School District. (Leo Jarzomb / photo)
applause of his family. Today, he's a licensed air conditioning technician working for a small company.
"Roman worked very hard to get his diploma, we were all very proud. Now we're telling our kids that we want them to go to college," his wife said.
Their 15-year-old daughter is a freshman at Nogales High School. She wants to become a nurse.
To help pay for college, Patricia Sanchez knows she'll have to find a good paying job.
Now that her youngest child has started school, Sanchez figured she could go back to school.
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