James Carroll

Success Story

For James Carroll, one’s educational journey never truly ends. “Just because you are in your 30s or 40s, it does not mean you are immune to an education,” James said. “Education is the key to gaining the skills that companies are looking for no matter your age.”

At 72 years old, James has had a very exciting and varied career. He has worked as a tomato farmer, control tower operator, buyer, soap maker and engineer at both NASA and Boeing.

Because of his love of learning, James has enrolled in classes at SCC in the past to freshen up his skills. He takes advantage of the senior discount that allows any Missouri resident 65 years of age or older to enroll tuition-free in credit courses based on available class space after tuition-paying students have enrolled.

Before his last project at Boeing, he took courses in Microsoft Office at SCC to help him land the position, where he spent the last 10 years on a special project.

He watched as the project progressed and the technology and capabilities of those around him continued to advance.

When the project reached completion, James found that he no longer had the skills he needed to work on a new project with the advanced technology. “It’s time to update my skill set again,” he said. 

“Cougar Land is a cool place to get your skills up to date,” said James. “The kids here are refreshing to be around, and the teaching is good. I like the adjunct teachers, because they bring real world experience to the classroom that is really relevant.”

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