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"I'm used to change," he says--and he was "raised with the notion I can do [anything] if I apply myself." After completing prerequisites at WCC, he was accepted into a nursing program for college grads switching careers. He was lucky, he says, that relatives helped his family financially while he was in school and that Washtenaw gave him a scholarship.

After a rotation at Mott Hospital, Gurfinkel decided he wanted to work with kids. "I have good rapport with children," he says. "I think I can ease their fears." Hospital jobs in pediatrics are hard to get, but his determination and hard work came through again: he was told he was one of just five nurses hired from a pool of 200 applicants. Excited about his new career, Gurfinkel is also elated that he now has time to help his children with their homework--instead of doing his own.

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"I called to some people, 'If you're not being let go, could you help me pack?'" Judey Henretty Kalchik remembers. "I had twenty-three years of stuff."

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