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  •  Alright! (19+ / 0-)

    Congratulations on keep on going!  Your diary is especially important in reminding us all just how important community colleges are.  I work a lot with my local community college, and know many of the students who have been in your position.  Community colleges are absolute treasures, providing the next step for so many kids who don't have the advantages or opportunities open to others.  Every time I hear a story like yours, I pledge to keep supporting ours. We're all proud of you!

    •  Yep, I started at a community college too. (15+ / 0-)

      Like the diarist, my parents had no money to put me through school, so after the military I used the GI Bill -- still one of the greatest programs the US has ever offered. I had great teachers in my first two years, and their infectious enthusiasm propelled me through community college, my undergraduate degree, then several grad degrees. Then I ended up in the classroom, hoping to do for others what those great community college teachers did for me.

      Wonderful diary!

      stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

      by Mother Mags on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 04:32:38 PM PST

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      •  Me too, and all three of my boys! (2+ / 0-)
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        I am a huge advocate of community colleges!

        And hooray to you, Rexy! Keep up the hard work.

        We are proud of you!

      •  My oldest nephew told me (2+ / 0-)
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        he wished he'd started out in community college instead of going straight to a 4 year school. He had only a vague idea of what he wanted to do with his life but he was thinking something to do with computers. By the time he realized that he hated programming (especially Java) and decided to switch to mechanical engineering (following in his dad's footsteps), many of the courses he'd taken were not transferable to his new path so he ended up taking 5 years to get through with college. If he'd taken those programming classes at the community college level, he would have likely discovered far sooner (and cheaper) where his true career was.

        My youngest niece and nephew both started out in community college because my brother didn't have the money to send them to a 4 year university; after my mom died, he used part of the money from her estate to pay for his kids' education when they transferred. My nephew graduated with a Business degree and is working with accounting software, and my niece got her degree in English Lit at UC Berkeley and her teaching credential at San Jose State, and is planning on becoming a high school English teacher as soon as her fiancé finds work and they know where they'll be living.

        Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes (modified)

        by Cali Scribe on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 10:45:06 PM PST

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