Father of five works nightshift as janitor to put his kids through college

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BOSTON — A father in Boston says he showed up for his job as a janitor night after night, knowing it would help his children achieve five college degrees.

Fred Vautour shared his uplifting story with The Boston Globe over the weekend. The 62-year-old dad is a janitor at Boston College, a private Catholic university in Massachusetts. He has worked the graveyard shift there for 15 years, earning $60,000 a year.

Vautour told the Boston Globe that with his job, his kids were able to attend Boston College for about $15,000 a year rather than the $66,000 cost. With scholarships, he ended up paying about $3,000  for them to go to college.

“I think with each kid, he just got more and more proud,” Vautour’s daughter, Alicia, told the Globe. She’s the next and last to graduate, with a nursing degree.

Before Alicia, sister and brothers Amy, John, Michael, and Thomas earned their degrees.

“It gave me a reason to be here,” Vautour told the Globe. “I used to joke with the vice president that I’d actually work for nothing because my kids are here because of that perk. I could care less if they even gave me a raise because my kids came here.”

Vautour began as a cook at Boston College. He said it was his first job in which he earned sick time and vacation days.

Read more here from The Boston Globe reporter Mike Levenson.