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From Teen Mother to College Graduate

FRCC graduate, Michelle Finch

At the age of 16, Michelle Finch had her first child. It was the best thing that ever happened to her. “I was going down a bad path, and having a child truly changed my life for the positive,” says Michelle. “I started thinking about my baby and what I wanted for our future.” Michelle’s

Why Go to College Close to Home?

David-Strathman-blog

When David Strathman graduated from Poudre High School, he didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do – and didn’t want to waste money at an expensive college while he figured it out. After a positive orientation meeting at Front Range (where he won a three-credit scholarship) he figured he’d give FRCC a try. It’s

Disabled and Not Giving Up

Photo of Cynthia Dietrich on a sled with hand skiis at the top of a mountain with an assistant behind her

Cynthia Dietrich might have been born with spina bifida – a defect in which the vertebrae do not close around the spinal cord – but she hasn’t let that stop her from living a full and active life. The 26-year-old Missouri native moved to Boulder, Colorado, during high school and has since taken up a

Molecular Biologist Finds Home in the Classroom

Ann-Riedl-blog

When Ann Riedl graduated from Case Western Reserve University with her Ph.D. in genetics in 1994, she wanted to cure cancer. “I wanted to do research at that point,” Ann admits. She received a post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University, where she started doing molecular biology research. Soon, she was asked to teach medical courses, which

From Horse Training to Sociology

Kelly Mason-Davis

Kelly Mason-Davis has taught others throughout much of her life—but she didn’t set foot in the traditional classroom until 2007, at the age of 31. The Boulder Native’s First Love was Horses Her father ran a ranch and her mother was a horse enthusiast. Although Kelly started out at Colorado State University and completed several

How to Find Scholarships

Scholarship-hunt

So, you’d like to apply for scholarships, but the idea of getting started overwhelms you. What’s the best approach that will give you a better chance of actually receiving scholarship money? I recently talked with Kevin Ladd, vice president of Scholarships.com, a free college scholarship search and financial aid information resource. Kevin had several ideas

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