CROWN POINT — Stacy Hickman works full time at Bickford Senior Living in Crown Point. The Gary native regularly balances 12-to 16-hour shifts, with class and clinicals, all in addition to raising her 3-year-old son.

At 27 years old, Hickman is working toward earning a bachelor of science in nursing to help advance her career and passion for geriatric nursing.

She first studied to become a licensed practical nurse at Everest College in Merrillville before it closed in 2015. When she decided about a year ago to return to school, Hickman took a different path. It isn’t easy, the Lew Wallace High School graduate said, but online courses through WGU Indiana have made it possible to find balance.

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