I fell in love with education. In the legislature, I was a big advocate of education training and improving the public education system. At that time, we studied what the higher education system was in other states, and we found out that California had 69 community colleges, and they were free tuition. I said, 'Wow, should that be a model for us?'
We were all working together to bring higher education to the people, and that was our rallying cry. We were always facing criticism that we were spending too much money on it: 'Too many educated people walking around' is what they would say. We had to overcome that and we had to point out the value of education.
My father was a very interesting person. He would always say: 'Whatever you have in your head,' he would point to his head, 'nobody can ever take away from you. They can take your money and your house can burn down, but what you've got in your head nobody will take away from you.
HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY, BCC!
The first Community College in Massachusetts is turning 60 and we want to celebrate with all of you. Join us for a story exhibit in June and a community festival in September. We are going back to our roots and where it all began at the Pittsfield Common.
How we're celebrating our 60th birthday:
BCC ALUMNI & FRIENDS ANNIVERSARY STORY EXHIBIT
BCC AT THE COMMON: 60 YEARS OF “BRINGING COLLEGE TO THE PEOPLE”