Brenton's passion for trains and railroads has pioneered his choice of major, and American River College has given him the knowledge to apply this to his future career, as well as to his volunteer work at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento where he works as a signal maintainer. He has appreciated the quality of ARC professors and small class sizes at American River. In order to earn acceptance to UC Davis he had to complete rigorous requirements for his major, including physics sequences, linear algebra, and differential equations. After completing his bachelor's degree, Brenton wishes to become a manager of electrical systems for a railroad company.
Angelica is extremely proud of her work as a student assistant in the Health Center at ARC and appreciates how the position has allowed her to interact with her peers and make lasting friends and memories. Her time at ARC has prepared her mentally for the National and State board exams, and after earning her AA in Science, she plans to successfully pass her exams and hopes to be a licensed funeral director and embalmer by age 21. She has gained both academic and personal skills and feels that her time and efforts at ARC have motivated her to be a better individual and to reach out to others.
Olesya's experience at American River College has been a stepping stone to a 4-year education and motivated her into declaring a major. Olesya says that math professor Anthony Barcellos' teaching style and dedication to his students led Olesya to choose mathematics as her major, and she aspires to graduate with a bachelor's degree from UC Davis and apply that to a career as either a high school math teacher or a college professor. She is proud of herself in staying on track and managing her time between work, school, and track and field.
Danielle has been involved in many beneficial programs at American River College, including the Umoja Sakhu Learning Community and working for two years for the Journey Program assisting students in overcoming their obstacles. She has gained practical skills in studying, creating resumes, writing, and mathematics that are propelling her towards her goal of earning a Bachelor's of Science from UC Davis.
Vinson has a lot to be proud of, as he received five scholarships from the ARC Foundation and is working towards transferring to a 4-year university where he plans to obtain a Bachelor's degree, followed by a Master's degree, and work for a reputable company. His time at American River has gained him skills in time management, troubleshooting, communication, and general leadership which he plans to use to benefit his career and the company he eventually works for.
Andrew is on the road to success as an automotive technology major with plans to work at a local dealership or independent repair shop after graduating, and to eventually become an ASE Master Technician. His time at American River College has gained him experience and confidence in his field, as well as winning the Early Ford V-8 Club and Osher Scholars scholarships and maintaining a 4.0 GPA, preparing him for the future and his long-term goal of opening his own automotive repair business.
Brittany Tipton didn’t believe she was cut out for college. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to go to college, I didn’t think I would be able to get through college, so I joined the Marine Corps, ended up blowing out my knee and came home. [The Marine Corps] changed the way I thought about the world, the way I thought about myself as a person.”
After Brittany returned home, she decided to enroll in American River College, in large part because of the large veteran population. She credits much of her success so far at ARC to Mike Robinson and the Veterans Resource Center. “Mike Robinson is a huge support at ARC. I wouldn’t still be in school without him. [The] Veterans Resource Center helps students all the way through. Not many colleges have that.”
Despite the support she received from the Veterans Resource Center, Brittany unexpectedly found herself homeless and faced with the choice of paying bills or buying food. She applied for a grant from the Veteran Student Emergency Fund and was awarded $450 to help her buy food and move into safe housing. It allowed her to stop stressing and be able to focus on school.
“I encourage anyone who needs it to apply. Without that boost, I wouldn’t have been able to stay in school full-time and work full-time,” says Brittany. “I can get through the day because I know I have somewhere safe to sleep at night.”
Brittany expects to finish her degrees in Paramedics and Fire Technology in a few years, and then hopes to get hired at a Fire Department. With a few years of experience under her belt, she then plans to take the investigators exam.
Yowty has gained the necessary skills to apply to his future career as a nurse practitioner and developed personally as a student, individual, and active member in his community. He plans to transfer to a 4-year university, earn his Bachelor's degree, and eventually work as a nurse practitioner, but his passion lies in helping villages in Thailand, Laos, and Southeast Asia. After receiving his degree, he wishes to volunteer overseas in those villages and improve the health of their inhabitants, providing general medicine services. In his time outside American River, Yowty volunteers as a tennis coach, is a music instructor at his church, and will be teaching English in China during summer 2013.
Christian's passion lies in the field of Marine Biology, and he's appreciated the accessibility and enthusiasm of the staff at American River College in helping him to achieve his goals. He started college at age 16, and is planning to transfer to UC Santa Cruz to obtain a doctorate degree in Marine Biology. His time at ARC has been beneficial in preparing him for graduate school and his future responsibilities in forming a successful career.
Brian's experience with American River College has been both intellectual and physical, as he juggles his computer science major with his extracurricular activities in track and field. He's proud of himself for getting into college, as well as for placing third in the 400M hurdles at the state competition, and hopes to use his skillset to achieve a bachelor's degree at a 4-year university and eventually work for Microsoft in creating new technologies.
Shea's experience at American River College has been motivational, encouraging, and has propelled her towards her goal of earning a Ph.D. in International Studies and becoming a college professor. In her time at American River, she has served as President of the Model United Nations club for a year, and interned at the non-profit SHARE Institute, run by ARC anthropology professor Dr. Soheir Stolba. Shea has enjoyed working with other motivated students here at American River, and is looking forward to her spring transfer to UC Berkeley in 2014.
Kesha is the mother of three children (ages 11, 9 and 5 years old) who are all excited for mom to start law school. Kesha will be the first in her family to become a lawyer. She currently enjoys doing motivational speaking because it helped her overcome many challenges to continue school and graduate. She says she has been homeless, married, divorced, involved with domestic violence and has never given up because, as she says, "giving up is not an option."
Shelby has gained valuable experience in Theatre Arts in her time at ARC, working behind the scenes on multiple productions for the Theatre Department. Her proudest moment was working on Pride and Prejudice as the lead dresser for the entire show, and her work in costuming has inspired her to transfer to UCLA to complete her Bachelors of Arts degree and eventually go on to do costuming for shows, specifically Broadway productions.
Rebecca has had a unique experience at American River College, predominantly taking online courses, which she feels were of high quality with responsive and flexible instructors. She's enjoyed the atmosphere of those courses and has gained valuable information to continue her on her path to earning a Bachelor's of Science in nursing through Sacramento State University's RN to BSN program and eventually get into the Family Nurse Practitioner program at UC Davis to become a certified Nurse Practitioner.
Derrick has loved jazz music ever since he was a little kid. He has been playing both the Clarinet and Saxophone since he was in Junior High School and decided to pursue a music major and focus solely on the Saxophone after winning a top soloist award in high school. Even though Derrick lives in Vacaville, which is a considerable commute he chose ARC because the music program is renowned and considered one of the best in the state. His goal is to transfer to the University of Reno because the music faculty are great.
ARC's math and science department gave me a solid academic foundation that was essential to my success as a transfer student at UC Davis and as a medical student. The professors understood the rigorous curriculum that transfer students would need to be able to handle upon starting at their respective 4 year institutions. They built a curriculum that emphasized problem-solving skills that would extend beyond the courses being taught and showed genuine interest in the success of their students. ARC offered me valuable access to STEM resources including study rooms (Science building, MESA), tutoring opportunities where I was able to tutor students in both financial accounting (with professor Ardans) as well as Chemistry (with professor Wheaton), clubs to participate in (AMSA, Phi Theta Kappa), as well as access to information regarding extracurricular activities, (such as volunteer activities, internships). I can say without a doubt, that the education and mentorship I received at ARC is the reason why my dream of becoming a surgeon is now a reality within my reach.
"ARC provided me with the fundamental tools to study, analyze and question academic subjects and ideas so that I could nurture my intellectual appetite and design my own scientific endeavors. Thanks to ARC professors, staff, curricula, and facilities I was able to unearth the scientist in me and to become engaged with the communities both around and at a larger scale."
Tyrna Brown overcame near death, abuse, homelessness, and despair, but she had the courage to reinvent herself in the ARC CalWORKs Program. Tyrna was able to become a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa at ARC, a club for students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.
Her journey to success started while attending a department of Human Assistance Job Club session. There, Tyrna heard a representative from ARC give a presentation about college that ignited her hopes for economic stability and personal growth. Once Tyrna enrolled at ARC, she never looked back.
When Tyrna found out that she was eligible for CalWORKs, she was so grateful. According to Tyrna, CalWORKs saved her life and gave her a chance to gain independence and take care of her son.
In the spring of 2012, Tyrna graduated from ARC, overcoming the fact that she had dropped out of high school at 16. Tyrna went on to Sacramento State where she pursued a degree in Counseling. Just before she received her degree from ARC, Tyrna proudly stated, "Now I am about to graduate! I've never graduated from anything, not even high school, and here I am. I can't believe it!”
I'm most proud of graduating from ARC and am even more proud every single time I catch myself speaking on something that I learned in one of my classes or being able to share advice given to me by one of my professors. ARC helped me learn about inclusiveness and the importance of having support to achieve your goals. Community colleges should NEVER be a fallback option, but even in some cases, someone's first choice! While I can't speak for all community colleges in the area, I can for sure speak for this college and all of the wonderful things it has to offer! For students that are like me, not knowing exactly where they want to see themselves in the future, I would say that ARC is an excellent opportunity to try new things, branch out, take a bunch of different types of classes, and see what sparks your interest! I was told once that "Community college is like a buffet" and what’s better than loading up your plate with every option they have!
I liked the pace of the classes as well as the knowledge and interaction of the instructors. I remember Anthony Marcelli (I hope I spelled it correctly) and Sharon Olsen-Hansen as my favorite Calculus instructors. Ann Hanks and the entire physics department rubbed off their interest and excitement for physics onto me that inspired me to pursue the Electrical field of Engineering. Of course, Ms. Moreno with her statics and dynamics class showed me forces and load distribution that I still think of when I look at any structure today. I also enjoyed the mixture of students from all walks of life, age and backgrounds as I was able to learn and appreciate the differences as well as similarities of all students.
I started ARC in 2011 and took part time classes because I work full time. I graduated ARC December of 2014 and transferred to Sacramento State in the spring of 2015. I majored in Psychology, but I did obtain my first Associates from Yuba College in 2001 in Art. I earned an AA-T at American River College. My compromise between the two? I have exceeding interest in art therapy. I love ARC for its connection with students. Its resources and flexibility to help students succeed in the classroom and beyond. The various programs that supplement classroom teaching such as Writing across the Curriculum [WAC]. For English studies, Math labs and workshops give real hands on free tutorial help. Some Professors may provide credits for attendance. on-site tutoring in the Learning Resources Center on a drop in or appointment basis was great. Coffee on campus is great too. ARC has helped me prepare for 4-year College, as I was able to gain most of my undergraduate general education by utilizing the AA to transfer path. My advice to students is to take advantage of re-entry programs, disability services, or connections to multi-cultural groups and programs. Empowerment is powerful and having the resources to succeed is empowering, so dream big and go for it.
I worked in retail management for almost 20 years at companies such as Starbucks and Chipotle. Unfortunately, I was injured at my last job and it forced me out of that industry. I knew I needed to find another career for myself so I looked into becoming a paralegal. I chose American River College because of the affordability and the timeframe in which it would take me to get my degree. I had been going to Sacramento City College on and off over the years however I never finished by degree. Due to this injury, I now had the opportunity to complete it. I chose Legal Assisting because of how many different types of jobs there are in this field: private law firms, government jobs, or companies. What I liked most about ARC is the students! I met a lot of great people in my classes from all different walks of life. Having the professors be attorneys helped me understand the profession better and not only did their real-life examples help but also their different styles of teaching helped me understand the types of attorneys I would/will encounter. The other part that was exceptionally helpful was DSPS. My injury has left me disabled and I was able to get the support/assistance I needed to be successful. My future plans is to get a job! Then to pursue my bachelor’s degree. I advise current and future students to take advantage of all the resources on campus. There are wonderful people working there that are only interested in your success, like Anita Fortman from the Counseling offices, Asha Wilkerson, the department chair, and Julia Brynelson, a professor in the major. Ask for help with whatever you are struggling with because it's a safe environment to do it.
When I first started college, my major was Criminal Justice. I changed my major to general education at ARC. When I got to HNU I declare Multimedia Arts and Communications as my major. I later changed it one last time to Business Communications. I am currently an Officer for the California Highway Patrol. I graduated the academy in June 2017. After graduation, I was stationed in San Francisco. I really like the variety of classes ARC had to offer. ARC helped me succeed by providing a 4-year education level of professors at a 2-year college. I never felt as if the professors were "easy" just because it was a community college. ARC helped prepare me for my future by allowing me to play softball while getting and education. I learned to manage my time between the studying and the athletics. I advise current and future students to follow your dreams. The road is going to be tough but don't ever give up!
ARC to me is a foundation; I feel as if I can always come back if I need to learn a new skill. I made the most of my educational mistakes when I was at ARC and learned from them. I was a better student by the time I left ARC. Attending for 2 years and transferring
was a smart move; my college expenses were low and I enjoyed being on the cross country/track & field team.
Taking social sciences classes at ARC, and later UC Berkeley, strengthened my analytical skills, reading comprehension, and writing skills that I continue to use on a daily basis. I was exposed to so many great professors that really cared about the success of their students. ARC allowed me to develop my leadership skills as the president of the Model United Nations Club on campus. My favorite part of ARC is their incredible faculty and the student life on campus. I was exposed to so many great professors that really cared about the success of their students. I felt prepared when I transferred to UC Berkeley because I was already exposed to performance expectations of professors at ARC. I also appreciated ARC's support for a vibrant student life on campus.
My engineering background has allowed me to look at things, even in business, from multiple perspectives, which allows me to help solve problems. ARC helped me deal with people of different ages and backgrounds. ARC guided me through success in life by allowing me to be creative and look at new ideas for ways to do things. I loved the fact that The faculty was supportive and creative.
I took advantage of a summer abroad program and traveled with classmates and my Spanish teacher to Costa Rica. It was such an incredible growth opportunity for me both in learning and in confidence building. ARC prepared me for success at Sac State and to finish school eventually with my MBA. But spending six years at ARC noodling through classes as I tried to decide what and who I wanted to be, allowed me to graduate without any student loan debt.
"What I like best about ARC was having access to practicing GIS professionals who teach the classes and are passionate about their work. This is a huge asset to the program. ARC helped prepare me for the future by providing technical classes in the growing and sought-after field of geospatial technology. Lastly, being able to take night classes while holding down a day job was another aspect of ARC I value greatly.
For the first time in my life I took academics seriously, became involved with a service organization (Circle K), emerged myself in campus life, and student government. The standards at ARC were high and I worked hard to meet them. I learned how to work successfully with others and accept constructive criticism. These lessons have served me well throughout life. I would tell future students: Hold on to dreams, be persistent, and always remember that it's never too late.
I took general education courses at ARC and subsequently graduated with a BS degree in Accounting (1971) and MS degree in Management Information Science (1977) at California State University, Sacramento. I'm retired from a twenty-eight (28) year career in California State government from 1977 through 2006. Co-incident to my state career, I completed a twenty-two (22) year career in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve that included six (6) years of active duty. During my state career, I taught part time for California State University, Sacramento, American River College and Sacramento City College. All three aforementioned careers were due my knowledge in business, computers and information technology. In my "semi-retirement state "since 2006, I've been working
part time as an adjunct professor for a for-profit university and Sacramento City College. I also do small business consulting. Don't be afraid of new opportunities and to leave Sacramento to pursue your life and career aspirations. If things aren't to your liking, you can always come back to Sacramento. My past military experiences exposed me to other parts of the United States and some foreign countries/cultures.
My time spent in the ARC Student Association as a student representative helped to surround myself with goal-oriented students that not only challenged themselves to be better, but also the community and school that supported them. ARC afforded me the opportunity to jump start and craft my college experience in a small class size setting.
Tell a little about yourself and how you came to attend ARC.
My name is Barry Frazier and I am from Stockton, CA. American River College was a blessing in disguise. Leaving high school, I only applied to one school and did not get in. I was heartbroken and I had no backup plan. I was really lost, but my cousin went to school at ARC and thought it would be a good idea if I went too and so a week before classes started I enrolled.
When did you attend ARC?
I was a student from Fall 2013 to Spring 2015 and graduated with an AA in Language Studies. I took a year off of school to train for track to make the Oklahoma University’s track team and began OU in Fall 2016.
Why did you choose OU? Have you graduated from OU?
I embraced the challenge presented before me. New school, new city, different weather, and different people. A little bit of a culture shock, but it was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I saw it through to the end. Barry Switzer helped influence my decision to attend OU because of name sake. (I thought I was going to be welcomed with Crimson and Cream carpet). I graduated from OU with my Bachelors in Communications in 2018.
What was your major at ARC? Is it something you always wanted to do or did you change your major?
I received my AA in Language Studies at ARC. I have always been interested in languages, and the more I learned, the more I can communicate with others. Both of my degrees have complemented each other.
Do you currently work?
I am a math tutor at Madison Elementary School in Stockton, CA. My job is to help students understand the content they struggle with the most.
How do you think ARC prepared you for your future?
ARC has prepared me for my future in many ways. The most important thing I learned is to always bet on myself, no matter how rough the circumstance may seem. In tough times, I continue to fight, continue to hope, and continue to have faith.
Please share a little about your experience with WAC and/or RAD.
My experience with RAD/WAC was awesome! Everyone was so helpful and they had a lot of faith in me to succeed. I was in WAC from 8am until whenever they closed, so I spent a lot of time in the LRC. For every paper I wrote I was able to get it reviewed over and over until I felt confident that my paper was strong. WAC/RAD challenged me to be a better student. There was constructive criticism, and I needed this in order to become a better writer. My grades for every class shot up because of it. I applied the same work ethic into other areas of my life and excelled. To simply put it, there was growth in all areas of my life.
Before law school, I enrolled in and completed, the American River College Legal Assisting program. The curriculum, esteemed faculty there, and its ABA approval played a key role in developing my legal career. After completing the Legal Assisting degree at American River College, I started Lincoln Law School of Sacramento's evening Juris Doctor Program in 2011. Almost immediately after beginning the ARC program, a classmate of mine introduced me to their employer Therese A. Adams, a local attorney who advised the legal assisting program in its development and its ABA approval. I was hired right away as a part-time Paralegal at Adams & Hayes Law and then after completing the program accepted a full-time position there. ARC created the opportunity for me to obtain a great job and this was a huge benefit. The Legal Assisting coursework was also a valuable preview to my first year of law school. Going into the first year, I already knew basic Contracts theories and was very familiar with the elements of many Intentional Torts and Negligence - this
really allowed me to excel. Also, taking the Probate and Estate Planning elective at ARC, in large part, inspired me to pursue my current practice area. I encourage Legal Assisting students to make the most of the program. Get involved in the Legal Assisting Club, and reach out to American River College Alumni. Pick-up any practical experience you can. There are plenty of opportunities available if you look in the right places. ARC qualified me to work in the legal field, it introduced me to a network of legal professionals, and it proved to be an invaluable source of academia for me.
Since Abby Cheng was 12, she knew that she wanted to become a doctor. However, her decision to become a physician changed along the way. Instead, she obtained a Ph.D. in Cell Developmental Biology and now works to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.
Cheng's interest in biology and the sciences grew, as did her interest in sports. Upon graduating from ARC in 1989, Cheng was offered a full ride volleyball scholarship to Arkansas State University (ASU), where she received a BS in Science in 1991. But her plans to apply for medical school changed after completing a research project in the laboratory with one of her ASU professors. Cheng wanted to discover new information that could contribute to curing diseases and impact many people rather than treating one person at a time as a medical doctor.
Thinking back to ARC, Cheng remembers a Physics professor in particular that helped inspire her love for science. Cheng says "I received a solid education from ARC and the professors in the science department fostered and encouraged my love of the sciences." She found her passion volunteering for Science Club for Girls (SCFG), a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase science literacy and confidence in K-12 girls from underserved communities, seeking to engage them in free science clubs and providing access to female mentors in STEM fields. In 2010, she joined the SCFG staff and worked through different capacities in the organization, eventually becoming the Director of Volunteer Programs.
Cheng now works with several colleges in the New England area, engaging students as volunteers and teaching them that volunteering can positively impact their career development. "Graduate schools and medical schools want to see that an Applicant is well-rounded. It's not just about classes or grades, but also what the individual is doing to better their community."
In 2016, based upon her collegiate athletic and professional accomplishments, Cheng was recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and awarded the Silver Anniversary Award given to former student athletes on the 25th anniversary of the end of their intercollegiate athletics eligibility.
I started attending ARC the spring semester of 2014. My fall semester 2014 I became more involved with the PUENTE Club, which was being advised by counselor Manuel Ruedas. Manuel Ruedas introduced me to the PUENTE club but also to a whole new world of academics.
Having the support and encouragement of my counselor was very important to me pursuing an ADT. I never really saw myself in higher education or even being able to transfer to a four year, but due to my counselor and professors being so persistent and encouraging, they motivated me to transfer.
During my stay at ARC I came across many individuals that were very helpful to my success here. It has been amazing to be part of ARC and to see that there are faculty, staff and administrators that truly care for their students and the community. I mostly enjoyed the opportunity of being part of the PUENTE Project learning community as well as being part of TRiO SSS.
I feel very privileged to of been involved with these programs because I am aware that not all colleges offer programs like theses for their students to excel and remain in school.
At ARC, The classes were small which was great for student/teacher exchanges. The Political Science instructor let me lecture the class about the origins of the Vietnam War for 3 days because the class was so riveted by the topic. Perhaps with that ARJC provided me with a sneak preview of my future profession! The school also provided me with a scholarship named after Doris E. Raef.
Without ARC, going straight to a 4-year institution would have been much more difficult for me to transition to. What I enjoyed the most at ARC was playing soccer. Prior to attending medical school my dream job was to be a professional soccer player, but kept medical school as a backup plan. My goal is to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship.
One of the best things at ARC was all the resources available. I had to learn to be my own advocate and decide if playing video games or studying was the best choice. My dream is to be a coder for Google or Facebook and be part of their marketing team.
ARC made me feel like I was part of the community. I think if even I hadn't been on the [soccer] team, every professor I had at ARC was so friendly and so educated that I was constantly challenged. I was excited to go to classes and I felt supported, which is super important at a big community college like ARC. I've always been interested in government and I've always been a big reader and writer and I went into Political Science major because of Professor Collihan's class and I really loved it. When I first started at ARC I wanted to be a dentist so I was taking a lot of science classes, which I knew I didn't have a greatest passion for. It was good to realize I'm not good at everything and I really need to focus on what I was good at and figure out a way to excel in that area. Thankfully, taking that political science class with Professor Collihan opened that door for me and I realized that I loved that area and I knew I could do well in making that first step towards that goal.
I found my passion for law working on Accounts Receivable as a Bookkeeper for a local construction company. Time and time again I was in small claims court collecting on past due accounts. Maneuvering through the legal procedures while adhering to the time limitations was invigorating, so I decided to seek out a Paralegal Degree. After deciding to pursue this new career, I enrolled in American River College Legal Assisting Program. After graduation, I transferred from Heald College and DQ University. Currently I am self-employed as a Legal Document Assistant here in Sacramento County. I assist members of the public who cannot afford an attorney or cannot afford to take time off work to go to the courthouse to prepare their court documents. I do exactly what I used to do working as a Paralegal in a family law firm, except my clients provide me instructions instead of the attorney. I prepare court documents,
make copies, file the documents at the court house and serve them on parties or witness name in the action. What I liked best about ARC was the professors. There were two professors who set the foundation for my understanding of the law, Professor David W. Abbott and Professor Julie Brynelson. I did not realize the significance of this until my first semester at Lincoln Law. The legal education I obtained from ARC not only prepared me to be a Legal Assistant/Paralegal, but also put me on the pathway for a Juris Doctorate. My advice to my fellow Legal Assisting/Paralegal peers present and future is that you find your passion and pursue it with vigor. Go boldly into your future and when you fall, as we all have and will, stand up again and continue on. Do not let the struggle defeat or define you, rather let it sharpen and polish you. Hold your head up, for you are perfect. You are the hopes and dreams of our ancestors. Honor them and yourself in the living of your life to its fullest.
ARC allowed me to become the first college graduate in my family, leading me to where I am today. The benefit I received from attending ARC goes beyond academics. The personal support ARC made available to me consistently made a positive impact on my life as a student and even now as an alum. I still attend ARC for courses needed to support my endeavors in my graduate programs. I have attended quite a few other colleges and not one operates at the level ARC does in regards to ensuring all signs point to a successful outcome. I get emotional thinking about the support I received to achieve my degrees and move on the four-year, etc. Initially, accounting was my major in 2001 although I had a strong interest in nursing. After a few semesters, I decided to change to nursing.
I settled in pre-nursing for quite a few years - plugging away at all the pre-requisites. Once I had all my pre-requisites a few years later, my interests changed to the laboratory side of healthcare. Through ARC's chemistry and biology courses, I learned that I enjoyed laboratory science more than nursing. The courses required for a B.S. in laboratory science program were easily fulfilled through ARC's science department. What I like best about ARC, besides the excellent academic environment, is the staff and faculty.
I attended ARC the following summer after I graduated from Walnutwood High School - Independent Study in spring of 2014. I completed all of my General Education and graduated from ARC in spring of 2016 with an AA degree in Social Science before transferring to Cal State East Bay. I love attending ARC because they have amazing professors there. Because my education is important to me, I've often talked to my teachers after my classes ended and I visited them during their office hours to ask additional questions. They were so willing to help me succeed in all of my classes and I got to develop great professional relationships with them. Also, Out of all four Los Rios College, ARC has the best swim team and I could see myself excel there. At the 2015 conference championship, I raced my heart out in the 100-butterfly final and when I touched the wall at the end of the race and looked up at the time board to see that I went 59 seconds - first time under a minute! It was a special moment for me. I truly believe if you push through those hard moments, then you will find yourself achieving things that were once thought impossible to accomplished.
I currently have two internships that are both remote because of my impending move to Santa Cruz. One of them is an unpaid internship at Solar Cookers International that I received largely due to being the president of ARC's Model United Nations Club. I help write international policy, oral statements, input sensitive paperwork, and create marketing strategies for Solar Cookers International. The most important part of my success in ARC were the clubs. In the last two years at ARC I had the privilege of becoming a cabinet member of Model United Nations and then the president for my last year. ARC prepared me for my future by teaching me to persevere.
ARC has prepared me for the future by providing education and professional skill set that gave me the courage to pursue higher education and to overcome life barriers including language, financial and social. I was guided by professors and counselors with patience and no judgement. As an emigrant student I felt welcomed, respected and supported. EOP&S was another service that contribute significantly to my success. Today I am a proud American citizen, a taxpayer and educator giving back to the ARC community that gave me everything unconditionally.
I am a first generation college student and never thought that I was smart enough for school, but then realized that it is passion that makes the difference. You have to find what you are passionate about and then go do that. Creating a life that I do not need a vacation from has been the biggest motivating factor for me.
I transferred to UC Davis and graduated with my B.S. in 1992. ARC prepared me well for higher education. I loved the fact that the
professors at ARC were genuinely interested in teaching and working with the students. The teacher/class size ratio was very conducive to collaboration and personal interaction. We were there to learn, and the teachers were there to help us in every way they could. While participating in the Human Powered Vehicle competition at ARC, we built the recumbent bicycle in the engineering department, utilized all of the engineering principles we were learning to prepare the report, then got to race the bike and have a lot of fun in the process. I have had several teachers that believed in me and encouraged me to trust my intuition. I also participated on a few teams that collectively worked in a beautiful and seamless fashion. When things go right, it is amazing. I am always seeking that dynamic.
I was a student at ARC in the Diesel Technology program to obtain an Associate degree. American River College's stance towards the hands-on aspect to careers is what drew me to the college, as I perform best when I can see and feel what I am working on. I was able to get a job as an entry level technician at Coach USA thanks to the Diesel Tech program's help in getting my name out and in to the hands of employers.
The expansive class schedule allowed me to work and attend school without sacrificing performance in one area over another. The counselors helped me see a path in my coursework that would be engaging and educational. ARC did a good job setting a foundation for me to succeed at the next level. I learned useful study habits and allowed me to gain insight for what worked for me in my studies.
My major is Social Work and my dream is to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Undoubtedly, the Student Services personnel make the college stand out from other educational institutions. For me, CalWORKs is the program that changed my life completely. It helped me to believe in myself, and it became the second family that gave me love, great friends, and needed skills to grow in my future career. I'm thankful for all Student Services departments and I really appreciate their help. However, CalWORKs will always have a special part in my heart. Thank You, CalWORKs!