To Whom it May Concern:
My name is Ambrose Kevin O’Bryan and I am a former KCTCS student. Earlier this week I picked up my Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. I am a former foster child who came from a broken home. I was a High School drop out who began his academic career with a GED before joining the United States Navy in 2000. I recently learned of Governor Bevin’s proposed cuts to funding for KCTCS and I am appalled. I never took the ACT or the SAT. I was not eligible to attend a University when I first came home and picked up the books again. Nor was I prepared for that level of academic rigor. Jefferson Community College prepared me for the journey that ended with a Juris Doctorate.
I do not think, I know that KCTCS is an invaluable tool for all Kentuckians seeking to better their lives and improve their circumstances. I know this not only from my own experiences, but also from those of my two sisters who used that tool to do the same. One of them completed the KCTCS Radiology program several years ago and the other is on the verge of completing a certification for Medical Record Coding.
I believe in many things. Hard work, perseverance, and the will to succeed and accomplish your dreams are least among them. However, the truth is that those things only go so far without the proper tools to facilitate the achievement of your dreams. Education and training are paramount among those tools. I know it doesn’t always seem like it’s true, but we all have a voice and we can all make it heard. That is why I am writing you today.
I spent several years with a local non-profit called Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (“CASA”). I wore many hats while working for CASA, but one of them included that of an armature lobbyist. On two separate occasions I accompanied National CASA to Washington DC to successfully plead with our Congressional representatives to approve continued Federal Funding for CASA through the Victims of Crime Act. If nothing else, I feel like my personal story and those of my sisters could have an impact on this situation in the same way it helped CASA.
I am willing and able to lend my voice to this fight in any way KCTCS may need. I am very passionate about our state’s Community College system and do not wish to see it gutted. Please contact me if there is anything I can do.
Ambrose Kevin O’Bryan, Law Clerk