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For Immediate Release
June 5, 2017

To say that Steven Hogg is a non-traditional student would be an understatement.

It might be more accurate to say he has a unique perspective on the meaning of “retirement.” For 27 years, Steven served in the United States Marine Corps. He retired as a Colonel (senior) after many years of leading boot camp operations on Parris Island, South Carolina.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Steven and his wife relocated to Longview to be closer to their daughter and granddaughter. He started a second career in the field of juvenile detention about six and a half years ago.

Then he met Liz Engel, head of LCC’s Medical Assisting program. Liz convinced Steven to give healthcare—and LCC—a try. So he took the plunge and will graduate from the program this spring.

Steven is the only male in this year’s graduating class of Medical Assistants, which includes a number of former stay-at-home moms whose children are grown.

“Their management skills, after so many years of coordinating their children’s school and other activities, are very strong,” he said.

Being a lifelong learner is important to Steven, and he is appreciative of the value LCC brings to the community.

“LCC plays a critical role in the local economy,” he said. “I don’t want to stop learning and doing new things just because I retired (from a previous career).”

In recognition of his academic achievement at LCC, Steven is the recipient of a 2017 Scholastic Achievement Award. He was also named 2017 Outstanding Medical Assisting Student of the Year.

Steven’s previous academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, a Master of Military Studies degree from the Marine Corps Command Staff College, and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

In addition to starting his new career as a Medical Assistant, Steven will continue to work in juvenile detention, spend time with family, and volunteer in the community.

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