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Episode 58 Education Is The Great Equalizer: Lessons From A Community College Leader

Education Is The Great Equalizer: Lessons From A Community College Leader

Getting to AND through college is not always a straight path. For over 5 million students, Community College has been a way to continue their education as a means to an end or as a bridge to a 4-year institution. Today, in the midst of a global pandemic, many more students are making the choice to save money and/or stay closer to home, and Community Colleges can offer exactly what students need. 

If you are remotely considering a Community College, this show is for you. 

If you are a champion of a college bound student, this show is for you. 

If you are from a rural or poor part of our country, this show is for you.

If you believe education can be the great equalizer, this show is definitely for you.

Today’s guest, Andy Bowne, shares his just how many twists and turns it took for him to finally graduate from college. Admittedly, Andy says that his “poor” background makes him a rare success story of achieving a doctorate and becoming Dr. Bowne. Andy is the living proof that education IS the great equalizer. He currently serves as Ivy Tech Community College’s Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer.  His vision is that every student who walks through the college’s front door has an equal chance of walking across the stage at graduation and flipping his or her tassel. If you love an underdog story, you’re going to love Andy!! 

Guest Bio:

Dr. Andy Bowne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Western Michigan University after transferring from another university and a freshman year of academic and life lessons.  As a full Pell-eligible student he struggled financially, and at one point it took two friends to convince him to stay in college.  While he didn’t graduate with anything close to honors, he graduated.  Two years later he entered graduate school and later earned both a Master’s degree and a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

About mid-career, Andy found his calling at Grand Rapids Community College, leading the workforce teams and eventually the GRCC Foundation.  In both roles he focused on building programmatic excellence and student success.  Today he serves as Ivy Tech Community College’s Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer.  His vision is that every student who walks through the college’s front door has an equal chance of walking across the stage at graduation and flipping his or her tassel.  

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