Gregory Dunn


Born with the expectation of an early death, Gregory Dunn has defied all expectations to graduate from college and become a successful businessman. Born with sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, doctors told Gregory’s parents that he wouldn’t live past the age of 18. Against all odds, Gregory played football in high school, was accepted into college, and even celebrated the birth of his first child. However, when the mother of his child passed away, Gregory was forced to abandon his educational plans and work to support his child.

After regaining his financial footing, Gregory yearned to further his education. He enrolled in Everest Institute in 2009 to study Criminal Justice. Despite having to endure the death of his mother during his studies, Gregory graduated as the salutatorian of Everest Institute’s Kendall Campus in 2012. With his degree, he has gone on to found his own security/bodyguard company.

“Gregory has proved that he is not defined by his medical conditions,” said Steve Gunderson, president and chief executive officer of APSCU. “He excelled during his time at Everest Institute and has translated this academic success into professional success. Gregory exemplifies the spirit of our GREAT Awards.”


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PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.