In 2009 my business succumbed to the troubled economy. The day I showed up at my furniture store and found myself locked out of my own business was a terrible, terrible day. I lost everything: my business, my home, my truck, and my livelihood. Many years ago, I had supplemented my income by substitute teaching for Mesa Public Schools. I learned then, that I truly enjoyed teaching at the secondary level. Many times I said, I wish I had gotten my teaching certification when I got my Bachelor's Degree. I was offered a job from the Ashley Home Stores. I would have made more money than a teacher, but no matter how I tried, my heart wasn't in it, and I turned down the offer. Becoming a teacher was the one bright spot I could see for my future. I began talking to friends and researching on-line for a teacher-certification program that would allow me to work and support myself while going back to school. I managed to find temporary, and seasonal jobs that left me enough time to take on-line classes, and fulfill my practicum and student-teaching assignments. Rio Salado College's program was easily the best program for a guy like me. Their flexibility of scheduling and affordability allowed me to receive my certification in 18 months. Rio's program was more than just convenient. It restored hope and excitement to my life. It gave me the opportunity and the means to do something I had wanted to do for a long time. I am now a certified, and employed, teacher of English, Government, Japanese, Psychology and Criminal Justice. No one should be 50 years old and find themselves needing a new career, but for those, like me, that do, Rio Salado College is your next best friend.