That was the message from TRIO, a group of federally-funded organizations geared toward helping low-income Mainers attain education beyond high school.
They shared that message during a news conference at the State House Thursday morning.
The groups associated with TRIO work closely with colleges to help non-traditional students gain access to education.
One man said he flunked out of his first try at college, got addicted to painkillers, and then hit rock bottom in prison. But TRIO helped him to succeed. Myles Oullette said, "They helped me to really believe in myself, to know that I didn't have to be a victim of circumstance. That I could go back to school and get an education, to be trusted. That I could be a normal human being.that I could be more than productive. That I could pro-active and pro-social in society."
Ouellette graduated from college in December. He's now studying for his masters.
To find out more about TRIO trio go to the Maine Educational Opportunity Association's website.