Success Stories

Samuel Lian

Tulsa Achieves Student
During high school, Samuel Lian experienced homelessness, depression, and a dysfunctional family life. “It affected my high school grades. My ACT scores didn’t qualify for scholarships,...

Jonica King

Non-Traditional Student
Jonica King is a mother of four children who decided to go to college to be a voice for the voiceless. Her daughter, who has special needs, has been her inspiration. “A degree will help me to...

Juan Gandara

University Transfer Student
As the first in his family to attend college, Juan Gandara, is on track to graduate with an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2023 from TCC. “I've been involved with STEM...

Debra Dunklin

University Transfer: College Park Student
With a goal of advancing her career, Debra Dunklin, a mother of four, enrolled at TCC to pursue a Business Administration /Human Resources Management degree. “Evening classes are the only way I...
TCC Graduate Paul Chanda at Southeast Campus.

Paul Chanda

University Transfer: Web Development Student
Although he didn’t consider himself “college ready” when he decided he needed a bachelor's degree, Paul Chanda checked out TCC and was interested in the computer classes offered...

Kevin Hilliard

University of Tulsa, Nursing Transfer Student
Kevin Hilliard graduated debt-free from TCC in May 2021. He earned a Pre-Nursing degree and transferred to the University of Tulsa to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. “Going...
Joseph K. Digges, TCC 50 Notable Alumni

Joseph K. Digges, D.D.S.

TCC 50 Notable Alumni
Joseph (Joe) attended Tulsa Junior College, now Tulsa Community College, in 1970, the year it opened as the first public higher education option in Tulsa. “Financially unable to attend a big...


Dani Moore, TCC 50 Notable Alumni

Dani Moore

TCC 50 Notable Alumni
After graduating from Tulsa’s Will Rogers High School in 1971, Dani’s mother became ill and passed away. Abandoning her plan to attend a larger state college, Dani enrolled in classes at...


Byron Bighorse TCC 50th Notable Alumni

Byron Bighorse

TCC 50 Notable Alumni
Born and raised in Tulsa, Byron graduated from Union High School. From there, he became a licensed aircraft mechanic and worked at American Airlines for 10 years. In 1993, he began working at a...


Debbi Guilfoyle, TCC 50th Notable Alumni

Debbi Guilfoyle, Ed.D.

TCC 50 Notable Alumni
Debbi’s top priority was, and still is, her family. But that didn’t stop her from completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Although she started taking classes at Tulsa Junior...