PORTLAND, Ore. — When Lari Perkiss lost her job at Fred Meyer after nearly 25 years, she decided to return to college at the age of 47 to get a degree and restart her industry career. “I decided to go back to something I was familiar with — working with people in the food industry,” Perkiss told SN. “Without a college education I would have been stuck in place where I was, but having a degree has given me the tools and credibility to promote and support my ideas. And I came out of school ...

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