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CPTC alumnus overcomes odds to earn doctoral degree
The number of individuals who go on from a four-year college or university to get a doctorate is small. The number who reach that pinnacle from a two-year institution is even smaller. When the challenges of homelessness are part of the equation, the achievement should simply be unattainable.
But Al Brown doesn’t believe in impossible. Despite his lack of housing throughout most of his college career, the
A Journey to Success with the Unstoppable Al Brown
Al’s grandma knew he had something special inside of him and needed more in life then what a small town in Georgia could offer. She saw his drive and budding curiosity growing daily. Al had been living with his grandma as his mom had him at just 14 years old and could not provide for him as well. When Al turned 14, his grandma decide
Clover Park Graduate Reaches New Heights Despite Lacking Home
“Not a lot of people stay the course —I’m not the norm, but I’m not special,” Brown said. “Our circumstances affect our choices, but you have a choice.”
Last month, Brown graduated from The Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s degree after previously transferring from Clover Park Technical College. What makes him unique among the hundreds of similar graduates is the fact that he spent the last several
"As Real As Rain" blues performance: "Precious Lord/Amazing Grace"
class taught by Chico Herbison and James Buchanan at The Evergreen State College
"As Real As Rain" Blues Performance: Al Brown - "Shotgun Shelby"
Class taught by Chico Herbison and James Buchanan at The Evergreen State College
Homeless but not Hopeless; Riding the Bus to a Better Future
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From Football to the Classroom
Brown had it all figured out. The running back/linebacker for Central Washington University’s football team in 1992-1994 dropped out of school to pursue a career in football.
He injured his leg during his first game on the semi-professional circuit. With his plan dashed, Brown entered the workforce as a barber but held on to a personal pact he made when he was 8 years old – he would try out for the Dallas Cowboys.