Unlike most of the people we profile, Bruce Jackson doesn’t teach at a high-powered four-year college/university, but instead at a community college – MassBay Community College in Wellesley, MA.
And it was there that Bruce created – and still runs – the school’s nationally renowned Biotechnology Department. Many of Bruce’s students are non-traditional students – students who had previously had fairly limited opportunities in their lives. But now, as Bruce likes to say, those same students are making him famous:
“The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is the highest science award for undergraduates in the United States. And our program has produced 18 winners of the Goldwater Scholarship. So we produce more Goldwater Scholars than all the same-tier colleges in the United States combined, and more than most four-year institutions. And I tell my colleagues at MIT, ‘Well, your students are supposed to win the Goldwater, mine aren’t.’ That’s because half of our Goldwater scholars were high school drop-outs and a third of them are single moms. But it isn’t like we confer any magical greatness on these students that they didn’t already have – they just didn’t know they had it.”