Some, including myself, did not realize how many influential and successful individuals began their education at a community college. I found a link on the California for Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office website listing many of those who began at a community college, ranging from best-selling authors to Chief Justices to Hall of Fame coaches. It is inspiring to read about all of these amazing individuals. This goes to show that just because one may start at a community college, doesn’t mean they cannot go on to doing great things in life.
So who are some of these individuals…Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Inc. attended De Anza College for two semesters in the 70’s before going on to creating Apple, Inc.; which to some has become one of the best advancements in technology.
George Lucas, Director of Star Wars, attended Modesto Junior College where he began a new path towards film and went on to direct and produced some of the most entertaining and blockbuster movies of all time! Others who attended community colleges and went on to be very successful were:
· John Madden, NFL Hall of Fame Coach
· Julian Nava, First Mexican Ambassador to Mexico
· Jackie Robinson, First African American to play in Major League Baseball
· Hayes Edward “Big Ed” Sanders, 1952 Olympic Gold Medal, Heavyweight boxing
· Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles
· Clint Eastwood, Actor/Director
· Morgan Freeman, Actor
· Tom Hanks, Actor
Never think starting your educational journey at a community college makes a person less intelligent or that success will not happen. As one can see from the short list of those who began at a community college and went on to do amazing things in life…the same is true for all of us. Until next time!
“Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.” ― Michael Phelps