CCC grad to son: Never too late for a degree


CCC 2016 graduate Annie Brewer is owner of 22 LeRoux, a T-shirt and gift shop in downtown Flagstaff.


Flagstaff, Ariz. – Coconino Community College graduate Annie Brewer wanted to prove to herself and to her son that it is never too late to go back to school and get a degree.

“I wanted to show my 3-year-old son that it doesn’t matter where you’re at in life, school is always important,” Brewer said. “Always do your best, even if you have to take a year or two off like I did. Going back and finishing is important and having a degree and proving to yourself that you can do it.”

It was a long and winding road for Brewer to open her own business in Flagstaff. Her store opened in April 2014, and she worked 60 to 70 hours a week. All the while, she attended classes at CCC and raised her son Ryder.

Brewer majored in General Studies at CCC and graduated in 2016. While attending CCC, Brewer’s favorite courses were Personality Development and Philosophy. She enjoyed her Philosophy class the most because she was from a small community in Mississippi with people who all had similar views. For Brewer, it was refreshing and exciting to come to a community like CCC where everyone had different views and opinions about the world.

There were many benefits of taking classes at CCC that Brewer enjoyed. The class sizes made it so that everyone’s questions could be answered, and there was always enough class time. The variety of ages of the students gave Brewer the opportunity to not only learn from her teachers but from her classmates as well. Being able to participate in classes with students of varying ages gave Brewer a fuller understanding of the Flagstaff community.

“My teachers wanted to get to know me and hear my stories and my views,” Brewer said. “Teachers at CCC really seemed to listen to what I had to say and made me feel like they cared about my education and success.”

After graduating from CCC, Brewer now works full-time as a store-owner – the 22 LeRoux, T-shirt gift shop, located in historical downtown Flagstaff.  The store sells T-shirts from Flagstaff, The Grand Canyon and the famed Mother Road, Route 66. The store offers a variety of gifts, T-shirts and other clothing apparel.

Brewer’s future goals are to take over her aunt’s wholesale business. She added that she hopes to take over the clothing distribution sales of shirts across the southwest regions of the United States. 

CCC gave Brewer the opportunity to finish her education and to prove to herself and to her son that it is never too late to go to college. Finishing school is always an option, no matter where you are at in life and can pave a way to success, she said.

-- Mark Hanson


Monday, 21st November 2016

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