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Student Success

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Kenneth Derry

Peer Advocate of Veteran's Upward Bound & Class Instructor

"I spent the first four years after high school in the Marines. After serving in operations Enduring and Iraqi freedom, I consciously decided to see what civilian life was like. Civilian life is as much of a challenge as the Marines, and therefore I decided to do something for myself to have future success in life. I enrolled in Pikes Peak Community College and became a part of Veteran's Upward Bound. In academics I attained a 3.8 G.P.A and graduated with magna cum laude honors for my two year program. Amongst my peers, I was identified as a student leader and served in various roles while participating as a member of Student Government. I am devoted to helping other veterans succeed in higher education. My goals are to complete my Bachelor's degree and move on to Law School."

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Kenneth A. McArthur

Public Defender

"I separated from the United States Navy in 1974. During this time, I had several responsibilities which precluded me from devoting necessary time and energy to scholastic endeavors, of those being a job with an attorney in Walsenburg, Colorado. From this experience, I decided to pursue my postsecondary education and become an attorney. I took a semester at Pueblo Community College in the Veterans Upward Bound program to gauge my transition to academia and commitment to pursuing a postsecondary education. I then enrolled as a full time student, completed my Associates Degree in two semesters and transferred to Colorado State University-Pueblo. With credits transferred from my earlier collegiate experiences and with great dedication and devotion to learning, I graduated only one year after matriculating at CSU-Pueblo. I majored in Sociology and graduated with honors. I have decided to pursue my law degree and then a career as a Public Defender. I established myself not only as scholar, but also as an ideal model of how someone can re-enter the academic world, pursue an ambition and excel doing so at any age."

Veteran's Upward Bound

Director: Jacobo Varela

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