Linda Relyea

Adams State provided Coyote opportunities to help others

ALAMOSA, CO. (June 28, 2022) – Adams State University, in Colorado, provided Lubbock native Juan Coyote the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to realize his full potential and enter his career path with confidence. Coyote worked full-time as a self-employed barber at Coyote Barbershop in Alamosa, Colo., while earning his Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He graduated in the 2022 spring commencement ceremony.

“I am the first to earn a college degree and it means a lot to me. I was on the same path but found a better way. Having a degree shows that one can make a difference in their lives.”

Owning and operating a business plus taking classes could be challenging. “I am happy with what the instructors at Adams have done for me. I wanted to quit many times, but my instructors encouraged me to keep working, hard work will show in the end.” He graduated in five years with no debt.

He will start working on a master’s degree at Adams State this fall and plans to open a life coaching business to try and help the youth and families in Alamosa.

As a non-traditional student, Coyote said his professors provided help with homework, resources, encouragement, and coached him on how to be a student. “I had a lot of support from the community. Like many students, I thought about giving up, but most of my clients heard my complaints, and encouraged me to keep going.”

Coyote also appreciated attending the Rocky Mountain Psychology Association Conference. “I was not in school for ten years before I enrolled at Adams. Starting over after ten years and being older was difficult. I had to ask many questions and was provided tons of help.”


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Juan Coyote