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What Teaching South American Navies Taught Joe Ross


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Jun 6, 2005
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What Teaching South American Navies Taught Joe Ross About Training New Teachers/ By Adam Bluestein/ FastCompany.com

I can relate to Joe Ross. As some of you know, I grew up in an orphanage in Cleveland, Ohio. My parents died when I was young. Like Joe, I knew at a very early age that college was the ticket that would open doors for me.

When I finished high school, I didn't have the money to go to college, so I enlisted in the USAF. I was stationed at Homestead AFB, Florida. At that time, the military had a program where if you took college classes and received an A grade for the class, your class tuition would be reimbursed. Great incentive for me to receive all A's and I completed my freshman year going to night school while in the Air Force. I was able to transfer my credits to Case Westetn Reserve University (CWRU) and entered as a sophmore. I worked various jobs while a student and also used the GI Bill and took out a Student Loan to help pay for my education. The GI Bill is one of the greatest programs our government devised. It has payed for itself many times over with the additional taxes the government has received from its beneficiaries.

I went on to graduate school and received my Masters Degree from CWRU and PhD in Audiology from the University of Washington. Graduate School was paid for with grants and scholarsips I received. It took me along time to repay my undergraduate loan and I was so happy when I made the final payment.

I'm proud of putting myself through college. If you have the will, you can find a way. Reading Joe Ross' story reminded me of that journey.

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Interesting reads, Richard. Thanks for posting. I didn't know you had such an interesting background. BTW, DH also graduated from CWRU and had very fond memory.