Cole Force
CCBC 2020 graduate

Cole Force began his college career as a junior in high school, taking advantage of dual enrollment at CCBC. Despite a challenging family situation, Force persevered, graduating two years later with his associate degree.

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Had it not been for the affordability and the flexibility that CCBC provided, I likely would not have been able to pursue higher education,” said Force, who is honored to have received one of only 10 nominations to the United States Naval Academy from Senator Ben Cardin.

Force earned the nomination out of 550 applicants, and he was proud to make it through the hardest step in the process. Although ultimately he didn’t receive an appointment to the Naval Academy, he has many opportunities ahead of him to transfer and earn his degree in aerospace engineering.

He is currently undecided on which of his backup colleges he will transfer to in the fall, but he does know he will join the Navy ROTC program and hopes to become a commissioned officer within the next 3-4 years. After graduation, his goal is to fly F-35 stealth fighter aircraft.

“I am very excited for my future and the possibilities it contains,” said Force. “There are so many different paths that I could explore, such as national defense and the exploration of space. I don’t see my graduation from CCBC as the end of an era, but rather as the beginning of a new chapter.”

CCBC 2020 graduate Cole Force