Robert Laframboise

Robert Laframboise

Robert Laframboise

  • Major @ OCC: Health Information Technology

It’s never too late to turn your life around. Robert Laframboise is proof of that. “I’m doing life the right way this time. I’m about 10 years behind where I should be but it’s okay.”

Laframboise grew up in Auburn, one of four children raised by a single mother. He remembers being smart in school, too smart for his own good in some cases. “Learning came so easy to me I got bored and would act out. My desk would get moved out into the hall and that’s where I would spend most of my time.”

By the time Laframboise became a teenager he had had enough of school. “I always wanted to work. I didn’t want to go to school because you didn’t make money in school. Since about 13 years old I’ve been working.”

Laframboise would earn his GED in 2002 but spent most of his time working in concessions and the transportation industry. The hard labor led to a back injury which he never fully recovered from.

Years of personal struggles and what he called “dead end jobs” led him to OCC. “I remember the day very clearly. I found out in the morning I had gotten passed over for a promotion. I knew what I had to do. On my lunch break I applied to OCC.”

Laframboise started taking classes in the fall 2015 semester. He began in Liberal Arts & Sciences – General Studies and later changed his major to Health Information Technology. Today he’s 31 years old, a newlywed (he married in August) and a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. What made the difference? “I changed my outlook. Instead of worrying about what other people were thinking I decided to only worry about myself.”

Laframboise is also enjoying working as a tutor in OCC’s Learning Center. He helps students with biology. “I like tutoring. It gives me an intrinsic reward. The best way to learn is to teach.”

Laframboise will earn his degree in December 2017. He hopes to receive a scholarship from a four-year college. If it doesn’t happen he’ll be prepared to enter the workforce with his associate degree. Whichever route he takes he knows he’s a better person today in large part due to what he overcame to get here. “I realize that without the difficulties I experienced I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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