Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumnus
Loral Browning graduated with an associate's degree in marketing and sales technology with a financial service option on May 4. He was selected as the Owens Community College class representative and addressed the graduates during the spring Commencement Ceremony. In his speech, he discussed the choices the graduates made in order to succeed in at Owens.
"It takes grit and courage to be here and graduate tonight; you made that choice," said Browning.
Browning learned a lot about choices in recent years. He began at Owens after losing his job in 2010. He had been working in business for 38 years and never missed a paycheck until he was laid off.
"That's when I realized, I could become one of those holding a sign asking for help to feed my family or I could choose to go to school for a chance at a better life," said Browning.
Browning chose Owens because after some research, he realized it was the perfect place for him.
Despite quickly becoming successful as a non-traditional student, he had some misgivings.
"The faculty at Owens pushed me, brought my writing to a new level and dispelled any doubts I had as a non-traditional student," said Browning.
Browning earned a 3.8 GPA and was a member of Kappa Beta Delta and Chi Alpha Epsilon honor societies. He was a student representative of Owens on an international study tour to China. According to his instructors, his passion for education and enthusiasm in learning served as an inspiration to other students.
He credits his success to the support and encouragement of the faculty and staff at Owens, including Holly Burnside, Jeffrey Hardesty and Ramadevi Kannan. The support of his family was also a critical part of his success, including his wife, Donna, who pushed him to make sure his homework was finished and his sons, Michael, Brian, Chad and Chris.
When Browning first started at Owens, he thought he was just here for the degree. He soon found that every day he is excited to attend Owens and that college is so much more than a degree.
"After working in business for so long, I thought I had nothing left to learn. I soon realized that I would be learning new things every day," said Browning.
In fact, now he even plans on transferring to a four-year institution to continue working toward his bachelor's degree in addition to obtaining a job in the field.
"The faculty at Owens pushed me, brought my writing to a new level and dispelled any doubts I had."
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