Rochester woman going back to nursing school at 64, proving age is just a number

Rochester Woman Proving Age is Just a Number
Rochester Woman Proving Age is Just a Number(Chuck Sibley)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 6:43 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Rochester woman, Delores Linear, is showing others you are never too old to follow your dreams. She has decided to return to school at the age of 64 to receive her nursing degree.

“They think, oh they’re old anyway we should go and sit down some place and retire,” said Linear.

After being forced to withdraw from school about 30 years ago, Delores is more motivated than ever to achieve her goals.

“I lost my job, became homeless, wasn’t able to continue. It took me a while to get back on my feet, and I wasn’t able to get back in school just because I was working to make ends meet,” Linear said.

Linear says she never lost the dream of becoming a registered nurse.

“I know that because of the pandemic, the nursing shortage is astronomical, and I always wanted to do it so I said, time now,” Linear said.

Riverland community college, in Austin, is going to help her achieve her lifelong dream.

“We work with them wherever they’re at to try to then develop a plan to help them be successful,” Riverland Academic Advisor Amy Wagner said.

Wagner says older, more experienced students bring something special to the classroom.

“They’re so invested in coming to school, doing well in school because they really made the decision, I’m going to do this. So, they’re inspiring to work with all the time,” Wagner said.

“I’m 64-years-old, and I still feel like I have something to offer to my community and the world,” Linear said.

Delores will begin the two-year nursing program at Riverland Community College this spring semester.

The school will be starting its new evening nursing program, something most schools in the state do not have.

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