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A genuine pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps story, Jack grew up in several foster homes, got booted from the system at 18, and was homeless when he enrolled in community college (while working a graveyard shift at Taco Bell and living in a 1970 Ford Torino he bought for $400).
Thanks to the transformative power of community college and a healthy dose of grit, Jack went on to earn a BA, and PhD, dedicating himself to a career grounded in service and seeking to inspire others to achieve their highest potential.

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  • PhD in English from University of California, Riverside
  • BA in English and Liberal Studies (Elem. Education) from CSU, Bakersfield
  • AA in Liberal Arts from Bakersfield College