Grad Stories (2013)
Technology plays a major role in Taylor Armstrong’s life and provides his lifeline to academic success. Taylor started using a computer to write when he was very young because he was born with cerebral palsy, which affected his lower extremities and fine motor skills. His experiences with and reliance on technology convinced him to pursue a career in business with a focus on cyber security so he can help protect the digital information infrastructure that individuals, businesses and governments rely on. “I want to help other people and give them the same exciting opportunities that I had,” Taylor said. Taylor was unfocused and floundering during his first three years at Norco College. Then, he joined the TRiO program for low-income and first-generation students and got the direction he needed to get on track, stay on track and transfer to a four-year college. “When I stand back and look at it, if you have a strong enough reason to pursue a particular field or degree and you have a plan and you see it as being possible, you can do just about anything,” Taylor said. He is graduating with an associate’s degree in Business Administration and will continue his studies at Cal State San Bernardino.
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