Dec 16, 2009 1:33 PM by Bea Karnes

Disabled Colorado Springs veteran earns unique college degree

Steve Bassett is a disabled Air Force veteran. Friday he'll become the first person to earn a Bachelor of Innovation degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The degree is a unique combination of courses in business, engineering, globalization and communication.

He is graduating as president of the BI program's first spin-off, Syberenety, which in January will start on a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research award to develop and commercialize iPhone and social networking technology to assist those battling drug and alcohol addiction.

Bassett hopes that returning to school in his 30s, disabled, will set an example for his children. "They've seen that it takes sacrifice to reach a goal. They've seen me not go to family events or do something fun because of school."

Bassett's class ring is inscribed, "It's never too late." Bassett is graduating magna cum laude.


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