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Southwestern helps local woman realize dream

Terry Brueckner

Terry Brueckner first inquired about pursuing her dream of becoming an elementary teacher in 2003.  

But as a successful business woman and mom, her life was too full to take on a new challenge. In the fall of 2005, her daughter was off to college. She ran into Gold Beach Advisor Janet Pretti and casually mentioned her old dream.  

She recalls Pretti grabbing her hand, looking her straight in the eyes saying, “If that is your dream, get started. Take a class, any class.”  

I am so happy and amazed to get this quality of education in such a small coastal community.”

In Winter 2006 she enrolled in an online history class and a local art class. And Brueckner has continued enrolling in classes every term since then.  

Brueckner graduated in June with her Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree, and has been accepted into the Eastern Oregon University CUESTE program. She is scheduled to begin classes in Fall Term. The CUESTE cohort program is designed to provide students with baccalaureate degrees and initial elementary teaching licensure in two years. The classes are taught in Coos Bay, but Brueckner will be able to do her teaching observations and internships locally.  

“It reawakened my thirst for knowledge,” Brueckner said, when asked about her experience. “I am so happy and amazed to get this quality of education in such a small coastal community.”





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