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  • Alan Pence Jr.

    Alan Pence Jr.
    Automotive Technology Student


    "I never really was one for academics, but because of that Early College program, it made me push to do better in academics"


    Alan Pence Jr. is a living example of the PCC motto – Grit, Guts, Glory.

    While his high school classmates enjoyed football games and hanging out with friends during their junior and senior years, Alan worked full time in the service department of Vidmar Honda and took classes at PCC as part of the Early College program – all in addition to his regular classes at Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School.

    Throughout those two years, his family also was dealing with his mother’s cancer diagnosis. She passed away during Alan’s senior year.

    During a so-called regular week, his daily routine involved taking younger sisters to school before heading to work. At lunchtime, he drove to high school for class, then returned to work. At the end of the day, he headed to PCC for night classes the Automotive Service Technology program.

    “I never really was one for academics, but because of that Early College program, it made me push to do better in academics,” he told The Pueblo Chieftain in a May 13, 2016, article.

    His perseverance paid off when he graduated from both high school and PCC in spring of 2016 at the age of 17.

    Now in his third year working with Vidmar, Alan plans to get a bachelor’s degree in automotive industry management from Colorado State University-Pueblo.