GREAT Award Winners Honored at
2014 APSCU Hill Day

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) held its 11th annual GREAT Awards reception in Washington, D.C. to recognize five graduates who have achieved notable academic and professional success.

The GREAT (Graduate Recognition for Excellence, Achievements and Talents) Awards highlight the accomplishments of truly outstanding graduates of private sector colleges and universities.

Each honoree represents the very best of what private sector institutions do—equip students from diverse backgrounds with a career-focused education and the job skills needed for a successful future in the 21st Century workforce.

"The honorees' achievements are laudable, and we honor them," said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of APSCU. "Their stories of hardship, sacrifice, and triumph are echoed throughout the country at every one of our institutions, and it is our responsibility to continue to provide students with the opportunity for a brighter future."

Learn more about each honoree and view a short video segment on them below.

Guillermo De La Riva

Ex-cavalry scout and current LAPD officer Guillermo De La Riva has a passion for public service that cannot be silenced – not even by a gunshot wound to the face.

Ann Gustafson

Ann Gustafson had to endure the death of her husband, but still had the strength to make a career out of her passion for automotive technology.

Sanetra Hall

Sanetra Hall had always been interested in furthering her education, but was forced to drop out of school to take care of herself and her ailing daughter.

Bambie Jordan

Bambie Jordan once suffered from inflammatory breast cancer. Now, she works at the medical facility that helped treat her.

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.



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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.