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Blind student earns academic honors

Blind student earns academic honors
The Lookout

Andy Bumstead 
Freelance Writer

LCC freshman Collin McCubbin has a story to inspire everyone at LCC.

McCubbin is a blind student who is taking classes at LCC. He is 25 years old and graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 2008. After graduating from high school, Collin took classes at Western Michigan University.

“It went OK,” McCubbin said. “I passed my classes, but I just wasn’t ready for a four-year university.”

After his experience at WMU, McCubbin put himself to work in Missouri. From 2012 to 2013, he worked as a “tier one investigator” for the Missouri Department of Corrections. McCubbin said the job gave him good experience.

McCubbin started classes at LCC last fall. He hasn’t declared a major, but is taking two classes this semester, READ 170 and WRIT 117.

“I really enjoy my writing class,” McCubbin said. “I can pick a topic I like and write on it. There are very (few) guidelines.”

For his classes, McCubbin has an iPhone with an application that reads his texts to him. He gets to and from his classes using a white cane for guidance.

On April 4, McCubbin received an award for “Outstanding Student of the Year” from the Michigan Developmental Education Consortium during a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West.

Carla Barber, McCubbin’s READ 150 instructor from last semester, presented him with the award.

“The best part was knowing that my professor and my mother were there,” McCubbin said.

Barber had a lot of good things to say about McCubbin.

“He knows how to persevere,” Barber said. “He has chosen a dream and he is finding his path. He’s not letting anything stop him.”

McCubbin said his immediate goal is to earn an associate’s degree from LCC.

He said he draws a lot of inspiration from Mary Holmes, a teacher he learned from in grade school. McCubbin said Holmes made sure he had everything he needed in an accessible format.

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