Jerry Turner

Gets his start at CCC and provides employment around the world.

In 1966, my parents encouraged/insisted I start my college career at OCE (Western Oregon)in Pre-Engineering. After a few quarters of poor performance by me, I joined the UnitedStates Navy on a four year tour of duty. I spent one tour of duty supporting our war efforts inVietnam on the USS Gray DE 1054. I was an Operations Specialist which is a fancy name forRadarman and earned an E-5 Rate. During this time, I matured and knew I wanted to returnto college upon completion of my military obligation.

Clackamas Community College was a logical choice, as I was living in Oregon City. After leaving the Navy I was armed with the G.I. Bill and Clackamas Community College helped menavigate my benefits to maximize my potential. However, I was struggling to select a majorthat would be a life-long love.

My counselor suggested I take a few business classes. One of my business instructors stoodout during that quarter and his name was Jim (Rusty) Painter. He was young and enthusiasticand seemed to really enjoy what he taught. That really helped me become a general businessmajor and eventually, I received my associates degree in business.

Subsequently, I went onto receive my bachelor’s degree in business.After working for a prominent pump manufacturer for 23 years I decided to start my own pump company in Canby, OR (PioneerPump). In fifteen years, we grew the company to have sister companies in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Melbourne Australia.The last few years we supplied pumps to helped Jack and Todd Hoffman pursue their dreams on the television show “Gold Rush”.

The education I got at CCC not only positively affected my life, but it helped provide employment for employees and their families bothlocally and internationally. CCC truly provides “Education that Works!”



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