Luz Almarez sits down to a tabletop filled with textbooks, notes and bills at her kitchen table "office" as she calls it during the morning hours on Thursday, July 11, at her east side home. Almarez, mother to five kids ages 1 to 20 years old, graduated from Pima Community College's licensed practical nurse program and is awaiting the NCLEX-PN examination to become licensed.

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