NEWARK, NJ - One woman recently proved you are never too old to achieve your goals after earning her high school diploma at the age of 72.
 
Rosie Thompson, is a mother of four, with four grandchildren and a great-grandchild, works for the Bloomfield Public School district as a crossing guard. She attends Allen AME Church in Newark, where Judge Cynthia Jackson is the pastor.
 
Thompson graduated from Pillar College's Dual Enrollment Education program (DEED) and earned her high school diploma and college credits at the same time. The DEED program allows high school and home school students to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation in a safe and caring college environment.
 

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Thompson says the program was flexible and gave her a well-rounded education. Originally she attended the program during the morning hours, eventually switched to nights, and finished taking classes on Saturdays.
 
Her favorite class was personal finance because it helped her refine her budgeting and savings skills, while introducing her to a variety of money management tools. Pillar College also offers chapel time, which helps students incorporate prayer and worship into her schedule, a school tradition Thompson says she is most proud of.
 
Her favorite book she read during her studies was The Cradle, Cross, and Crown.