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Celebrities Who Attended Community College

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The college experience differs for everyone, and many people do not stick to pursuing a four-year degree in the university environment. For many individuals, attending a community college is an essential step in the pursuit of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, while others will complete their higher education entirely with a two-year degree that can provide a transition directly into the workforce. There are a number of celebrities who chose to begin their college careers with community college, and just a handful of these notable individuals are highlighted below.

Tom Hanks

In what could be a page taken from the script of his film “Larry Crowne” and well before becoming a beloved actor, Tom Hanks attended two years of community college at Chabot College in Hayward before transferring to California State University in Sacramento. In a 1986 interview with New York magazine, Hanks noted that he spent much of his time in college attending plays and, of course, taking acting classes. Following an internship at the Great Lakes Theater Festival, Hanks eventually left college and pursued a career on screen.

Dr. Craig Venter

Dr. Craig Venter now has an institution named for him thanks to his work in sequencing the human genome. However, long before this amazing scientific research, he started his academic career at College of San Mateo before transferring to University of California, San Diego.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney was more than just a beloved filmmaker. He was also one of the most famed businessmen in American history, and was once a community college student at Metropolitan Junior College in Missouri.

H. Ross Perot

H. Ross Perot has had a dynamic career as an American businessman and underdog presidential candidate in both 1992 and 1996. In his early years—before gaining a net worth of $3.5 billion—Perot began his academic career at Texarkana Junior College before entering the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949.

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