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Aurora TV Profiles Ex-CCA Student’s Journey

Aurora TV profiled Gabriel Toepel, a Community College of Aurora graduate, for a segment celebrating Veterans Day and National Adoption Month in November.

Toepel, who earned Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees from the CCA, was adopted from a Japanese orphanage by an American couple serving in the U.S. Navy when he was 2 years old. Growing up in America, Toepel was a track star at Brighton High School and applied to West Point, only to discover he was not a U.S. citizen. He eventually joined the military as a non-citizen resident and was granted U.S. citizenship upon completion of basic military training.

Toepel is currently earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado College of Nursing.

You can watch the Aurora TV segment on Toepel and read an article CU’s College of Nursing wrote about him.

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