Joe Fisher, B.A. 1975,
was a local high school track star in the 1970s, running cross country and the one- and two-mile events. His Spingarn (N.E. Washington, D.C.) coach encouraged Joe to consider Catholic University for its track program and excellent education. Joe did, studying Elementary Education and staying closely connected with CUA for more than 30 years.
Currently, Joe teaches 8th grade U.S. History in the Howard County, MD, public schools sytem; he's also taught science, math, social studies and study skills.
Because Sports kept him focused and disciplined in high school and college and gave him a chance to travel and mentor young adults, Joe has kept track as part of his life.
Joe appreciated how his track coaches mentored him and he wanted to give the same opportunity to the next generation of student-athletes, to help them achieve their potential.
To this end, Joe started First Generation College Bound in Sept 1990 to encourage students from low- to moderate-income
families to become aware of the opportunity to go to college. Many don't know that they could go. His program started at a low-to-moderate-income housing community in Prince George's County, MD., in an effort to take the resources directly to the homes of those who could benefit. He and his wife, Patricia, run the organization in addition to their 9 to 5 jobs. Right now the program is in three high schools in Prince George's County.
FGCB also runs after-school programs, reinforcing what the schools tell children, focusing on making them aware of SAT, deadlines, keeping their grades up, taking the right courses to get them into college, correctly filling out financial aid forms, and sending those forms in on time so they get college funding.
Currently 150 students from his program have graduated from college; and 90 high school seniors are college bound. FGCB is also keeping track of 200 college students, staying in contact with them through their four years in college via phone, e-mails, and letters, to help reinforce their resolve. Students are advised to keep up with their financial aid forms so that their college careers aren't interrupted. For more information on this program,
Joe met his wife, Patricia, at the People's Congressional Community Church in Washington, D.C.; the couple has a son and a daughter and live in Laurel, MD. Joe and his wife are Washingtonians, born and bred. He still runs, training in the summer for races in the summer and fall.
Currently Joe coaches women's cross-country and track teams here at CUA, getting ready for the indoor championships at Susquehannah University in Pennsylvania. Joe loves Catholic University and says he uses what he learned here every day.