Albert's Story

Albert Sims, 2013 Hocking graduate, inspires past, present and future Hocking students and faculty through his inspirational story.


During Sims' time at Hocking, he became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and established himself as a student well respected by both his classmates and instructors. He graduated with an associate degree in Addiction Counseling, utilizing his first-hand experience and strong connection to the field. Sims was chosen to speak at the 2013 Hocking College Commencement Ceremony, where he moved the audience with his tragic story and motivating words.

Sims started in Fresno, California in an urban society where he was hit with the reality of being a minority pressured into a threatening life of difficult decisions. He grew up following the unfair expectations of others and spending a large portion of his life in juvenile halls and prisons. Sims eventually made the decision to move to Ohio where he met his greatest motivator, Hocking alumna and now wife, Autumn. Attending Hocking allowed him to live the life he had always deserved and enabled him the opportunity to succeed.

Sims is now a pastor, a father of five children, and flourishing Hocking graduate. He encourages everyone around him "to live a life of meaning, to live a life of commitment and have a life which all can be proud."
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