Originally published May 26, 2010.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Fullerton College to meet with the college’s foundation leadership and also attend the college’s athletic hall of fame event. It was another opportunity to learn about the great work being done at colleges throughout the system, and a chance to revisit a part of my past as well.
Fullerton is the oldest continuously operating community college in California, dating back to 1913, and it has quite a history in Orange County. Aside from long-established workforce training programs including a highly respected police academy, cosmetology program, and childcare education program, among others; and its strong record of transfer education for students matriculating to neighboring Cal State Fullerton and other colleges and universities; Fullerton also has one of the more storied intercollegiate athletics programs in all of California.
I spent just two and a half years on staff in Fullerton’s Physical Education and Athletics Department in 1994-96, but that time left an impression upon me unlike any other place I’ve been in my career. While I was there I had the opportunity to work with all of the school’s 21 intercollegiate sports teams and their coaches, teach courses in physical education and sport science, and build campus-community connections for the athletic programs while raising funds and awareness. In doing so I got to know an amazing professional family of dedicated coaches and administrators who spent more time together in the workplace than most people spend with their own families. Continue reading