HOUSTON - It was like the first week of college for the 90 assorted students, most of them mature, who arrived here last week for the School of Mortgage Banking's weeklong introductory course.

The week at the school, sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, consisted largely of long classes, but some students made plans for a trip to the Johnson Space Center or a rodeo in town. Some also organized late-night poker parties.

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