Rooting for myself and finding my advocates.
Putting together my music, my job and my coursework.
Persisting to secure my dream job while receiving a solid education.
Because the only true limits on my future were my own.
After growing up in a tough neighborhood in Oakland, where there was more temptation than opportunity, Dewayne discovered Cosumnes River College spoke to him. He connected to CRC’s campus because of its serenity and positive atmosphere. He found he could think and reflect more easily without the added pressures of inner city life. It is at CRC where DeWayne discovered the joy of learning. And it is at the Oak Park Community Center where DeWayne shares his learning discovery with youth and teens who can benefit from real-life inspiration. He is there as a mentor, Youth Development trainer, and outreach & development coordinator; he has even advocated for them as an ambassador at city council meetings.
One thing DeWayne does want to do is make people feel the way his instructors at CRC made him feel– enlightened and inspired. Now at Sac State and “walking the stage” in May, DeWayne is studying sociology and marketing and is beginning to establish his own brand and non-profit as an artist named Consci8us.
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Felipe knew he wanted to fight fires since the day he happened to be at a station for a toy drive. They were giving away toys to families in need. But college seemed like a long shot.
And there was another calling for Felipe too. He wanted to serve his country. As a son of immigrants, he had a warm appreciation for freedom and opportunity and wanted to give back.
When his stint in the Navy was complete, it was time to get back to firefighting. Felipe was all in. With the help and inspiration of his favorite counselor who advised him on how to access all the Los Rios campuses to meet class needs, Felipe was able to balance his schedule between work and school. He achieved his immediate goal of becoming a firefighter by taking many fire science courses and completing an AA in Social Science. But Felipe sees building a solid foundation for higher education as his real Los Rios accomplishment.
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Marianna was a babe in arms when her mother graduated from Sacramento City College’s as a Registered Dental Assistant. And now a mother herself, Marianna is hitting the books 17 years after her last math class. At the beginning, Marianna felt that most of the students were half her age. But then she figured out that at community college you can customize your experience — If you root for yourself, are clear about your goals and speak out to people willing to advocate for you.
SCC provides Marianna a place to practice and learn to be better. She is merging her visual, creative and leadership skills with a new understanding of the value of relationships. She even went out and established enough of them to get her elected to student body president — then student representative to the Board of Trustees. Marianna knows life can get tough.
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Until Ivan decided to, no one in his family had ever left Omaha, and no one had gone after a college degree. In fact, in his circle of friends, no one even considered going to college to get ahead. Growing up in a poor family of six in Nebraska, Ivan understood hard work. After high school, he took the jobs available that paid the bills, and that was fine. What changed his perspective was love. With the support of his girlfriend, a professional scientist who now works for California’s Environmental Protection Agency, Ivan found himself in Sacramento with a desire to advance his own dreams.
At American River College, Ivan has just finished his first year and, inspired by his teachers, is passionate and excited about continuing. He hopes to even transfer to UC Berkeley after he finishes at Los Rios.
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