9 Big Names Who Went to Community College

In honor of the White House Community College Summit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2010 9:41 AM CDT
Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Other Community College Alums Who Made Good
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at the Commonwealth Club in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 27, 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

President Obama recently called community colleges the "unsung heroes of America’s education system." Huffington Post rounds up nine notable community college attendees who prove his point:

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Attended Santa Monica College before becoming the Terminator, and then the Governator.
  2. Tom Hanks: He transferred from Chabot College in California to Cal State Sacramento before becoming a famous actor.

  1. Ross Perot: After graduating from Texarkana Junior College, he went on to become rich as the founder of Electronic Data Systems and famous as a two-time presidential candidate.
  2. Frank Gehry: The architect responsible for the Guggenheim Museum in Spain took his first architecture class at Los Angeles City College.
  3. Jackie Robinson: The famous baseball player played baseball—and football, basketball, and track—at Pasadena Junior College
For the complete list, click here. (Read more community college stories.)

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