Lehigh Carbon Honors Class Of 2006 Alumnus Bobby O’Gurek

Lehigh Carbon Community College honors LCCC Class of 2006 alumnus Bobby O’Gurek with the “Spirit of the Cougar” Award for his perseverance, commitment and ability to overcome adversity onThursday, May 8, 6-8 p.m. in the west wing of Jim Thorpe High School in Jim Thorpe, Pa. The presentation will be in conjunction with the college’s “Meet the Cougars’ Night.”


O’Gurek, 34, lives with cerebral palsy, a debilitating disorder of movement. Son of Robert and Patricia O’Gurek, the Panther Valley High School graduate furthered his education with Lehigh Carbon Community College, earning LCCC’s “Most Persistent Student Award” and his associate degree in web development in 2006.


He has received similar laurels in March from the Panther Valley Irish-American Association which named him “Irishman of the Year” with the presentation of the organization’s annual Shamrock Award.


O’Gurek has served as an ambassador for the Prentke Romich Company, a consortium of companies working in the field of assistive technology and augmentative communication. O’Gurek travels to expositions across the state to speak about the communication device he uses to communicate with others and highlighting assistive technology. In 2007, he received the Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture Award in Boston, presented annually to an individual who uses a communication device and is involved in the community.


He has also addressed the Pittsburgh Employment Conference, hosted for speech pathologists and individuals with various disabilities, who use augmentative communication technologies.


In 2010, he opened a website design business, www.bobbyogurek.com.  


Despite his handicap, O’Gurek has become a familiar and valuable contributor to the daily lifeline of the Panther Valley region.


For more information, please contact LCCC’s Office of College Relations at 610-799-1584 or sdallas@lccc.edu.