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Graduate Profile: James E. Brown

Degree Information

Degree: Associate in Science in Criminal Justice

Major(s): Criminal Justice

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Why did you choose Columbia College?

I chose Columbia College for a few reasons. First of all it was close to my house and had the night classes available for the degree I sought after. More importantly, one of the main reasons I decided to go to Columbia College was because of a certain professor. I have always feared algebra and barely made it through in high school; I just knew there was no way of passing college algebra. One day I heard of this particular instructor, Jeff Barrows, who was apparently so amazing that he could somehow get anyone to understand algebra. I was skeptical, yet intrigued, so I signed up for his class. Once I saw first hand the skills this man possesses, I was all in. If it wasn't for this professor at Columbia College, I never would have considered going back for my degree. Algebra was the reason I quit college in the past. Thanks Professor Barrows, you're truly amazing!

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

First of all I would like to thank my wife, Elise, for putting up with the many hours of my being sequestered and all of my instructors who made it possible for this day to come true. I would especially like to thank the professors who had me for multiple courses, you really earned your pay those days. Professors Barrows, McGoldrick, Dr. Leonhard and Dr. Wright, I think you especially have earned a special place not only in recognition for this achievement, but for being exceptional people as well as instructors. I have learned so much from you and appreciate the effort it took on your part to get me where I am today. Additionally, I think it is extremely important to mention the exceptional counselors an VA representatives who work behind the scenes to make this all possible; thank you so much Sue, Beverly, and Denise from the Patrick AFB campus and Angela and Diane from the Orlando campus. Thank all of you who supported me along the way and to my collegiate peers who sat through many study group sessions with me to help make sure that we all figured it out. Thank you all!!!



2/10/2013 12:25:24 PM Ted Himonetos Congratulations Jim! I am fortunate to have met you at Columbia. You made the classes we had together fun and enjoyable. Good Luck to you in your future endeavors. Report
2/7/2013 5:49:06 PM Dr. Kelly Leonhard Way to go Jim!! I'm glad I could be part of your journey. I'm hoping to see you at commencement :-) Report
2/7/2013 5:04:58 PM Jean Davis Congratulations Jim, you deserve it. You have helped to make my journey at Columbia college a lot of fun; even when it got difficult, you managed to motivate me to continue. Thank you. I hope to have more classes with you if you decide to continue at Columbia. Again, congratulations. Report


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