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Give thought to the subject of what you'd say if an auditor challenged the deduction.

Good response by Chris but I think I would like to take the auditors side just for the sake of argument. Auditors questions might be:
Is continuing employment at the ski resort dependant upon taking the classes? It sounds like probably not.
Will completion of the classes qualify her for a known available promotion at the place of employment? Doubtful (based on your description of circumstance). In fact at the time classes were taken she didn't even have a job at the resort.
On the other hand the nature of IRS regulations are such that pushing the envelope should not cost you anything and may give you a gain. If you are prepared for the audit I would say go for it.

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