After spending 10 years in the U.S. Navy, Kenric Scarbrough got a sobering start to his civilian career. He was laid off in January, just months after he found a job as a boiler technician -- one of the victims of the worsening economy. But Scarbrough, 29, is trying to get back on track by doing much more than scanning employment boards and circling help-wanted ads. The Charleston, South Carolina, resident is working toward an online bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering technology, CNN reports. He's hoping to more than double his previous salary of $32,000 once he graduates from Excelsior...

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