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Noteworthy Former Community College Students

When Business Insider last month published its list of "the most famous community college students of all time," it created an opportunity for community colleges to showcase their vast reach as well as their accomplished former students.

Here is a list of some noted and noteworthy former community college students, assembled by the Center for Community College Advancement, using a variety of sources:

  • Nolan Archibald, chief executive officer of Black and Decker
  • Halle Berry, Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar winner
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General
  • Eileen Collins, the first woman Space Shuttle commander
  • Billy Crystal, comedian and actor
  • James Dean, Oscar winner
  • Walt Disney, co-founder Walt Disney Productions
  • Clint Eastwood, actor, director and Oscar winner
  • Rudy Gatlin, Grammy winner
  • Carol Guzy, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer
  • Tom Hanks, actor and Oscar winner
  • Queen Latifah, Golden Globe and Grammy winner
  • Jim Lehrer, journalist
  • George Lucas, filmmaker
  • Christian Frederick Martin IV, Martin Guitar Chairman and CEO
  • Eddie Murphy, actor and comedian
  • Ross Perot, businessman and billionaire
  • Nolan Ryan, baseball hall-of-famer
  • Sam Shepard, playwright
  • Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News anchor

Who's missing?

Help us identify some of the many other successful former community college students. Send your suggestions to Paul Heaton.

This article is from the September 2011 issue of the Community College Advancement News.


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