Joe Fisher , head women's track and field coach at CUA, was featured in a Baltimore Sun article detailing how he has helped more than 500 young men and women get college degrees with First Generation College Bound Inc. See below.

Laurel educator's vision has helped hundreds earn college degrees

From: Baltimore Sun Date: June 10, 2015 Author: Pete Pichaske

Growing up in a government housing project in Southeast Washington, Joe Fisher never thought much about college. One of eight children whose father didn't make it past 10th grade or his mother past sixth, college just did not seem like an option.

But thanks in part to a track and field scholarship to Catholic University, Fisher earned not only a bachelor's degree but also a master's degree.

Now, 40 years after he graduated from college, the 62-year-old Laurel resident has helped more than 500 young men and women get college degrees they never thought were possible.

Fisher's is a story of determination and vision that has made the Laurel-based program that he started a quarter century ago, First Generation College Bound Inc., a heartwarming success story with a statewide reputation.

"It's recognized as one of the really successful programs of its kind in the state - perhaps the leading such program," said state Sen. Jim Rosapepe, a College Park Democrat who represents the Laurel area.

"A lot of people have good visions," Rosapepe added. "But it's all in the execution, in turning them into reality. And Joe and his folks have just done a spectacular job of turning a great vision into a very, very practical success."

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