Wanted: Life Experience

The Peace Corps is turning to community colleges to recruit a broader variety of applicants

After 16 years Jo Catherine Mannix was growing tired of her job in the supply room at an Air Force base when, one morning in 1986, she heard a radio advertisement for the Peace Corps.

Ms. Mannix, then 57, had just earned an associate degree in general studies from Cerro Coso Community College, in Ridgecrest, Calif. "I just happened to hear about it at a time in my life when I had just