Laura Bush

by Ernest Grotsky

The daughter of a homebuilder and bookkeeper, Laura Bush was born and raised in Midland, Texas, where she was encouraged to achieve high from a young age. A graduate of Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, Bush holds a Bachelor of Science in Education. She spent several years teaching elementary schools students after college. In the early 1970s, she returned to her studies at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Master of Science in Library Science. Bush met her husband, George W. Bush, in the late 1970s and the two quickly fell in love, marrying after only a few months of dating. Soon after marrying, she began campaigning for her husband’s race for a Senate seat. Although he did not win the general election, he was elected Governor of Texas in 1994 and President of the United States in 2000. As First Lady, Bush has been involved with a number of causes, including women’s and children’s international rights and women’s health. Due to her background, Bush has contributed significantly to education through the National Book Festival and the National Anthem Project. Among her accomplishments, Bush has been honored by both the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and the American Library Association for her efforts to promote education and reading. Bush’s memoir, Spoken from the Heart, recently published by Scribner, has become one of my favorite books. Bush speaks candidly and honestly about the most influential events of her life, both tragic and cheerful. Refreshingly free from political bias, the book focuses on modern Texas life while analyzing Bush’s path to becoming First Lady and her approach to the important position.


Henry Ford Community College

by Ernest Grotsky


Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) in Dearborn, Michigan, is recognized as an institution that gives students of all backgrounds the solid foundations they need to pursue paths in higher education. Dedicated to ensuring its students’ success, Henry Ford Community College offers a host of programs to choose from and resources for academic, professional, and personal achievement. HFCC understands that paying for college is a stressful and difficult process for many people, and offers a tuition freeze to minimize that burden: If the cost of education at HFCC rises after a student’s first semester, the student will continue to pay their original rate. Additionally, HFCC’s coursework is carefully designed. Attendees can rest assured that the credits they earn at Henry Ford Community College will transfer to the four-year institution of their choice. In addition to HFCC’s promises of cost-efficiency and course-transfer, the institution’s broad catalogue of academics fosters numerous possibilities for students, with more than 100 programs to explore. Whether students are interested in creative or professional paths, Henry Ford Community College offers the coursework and resources to pursue their dreams. HFCC is focused on the support of its students. In addition to a variety of educational paths, available to pupils are private mentoring and tutoring, online resources, and many student organizations designed to foster community. All HFCC classes are taught in small numbers so that students and professors maintain close and beneficial relationships, and specialized study plans are encouraged. With so many options, Henry Ford Community College is the right choice for any individual who wishes to embark on a successful college career.