Associate in Arts
Selene Zapata began attending school on YVCC’s Grandview Campus in 2004 but had to quit due to financial and family reasons. She returned in the fall of 2012 determined to complete her education. “As a nontraditional student, YVCC has made a huge impact on my life. It has opened doors and expanded my horizons in the professional field,” stated Zapata. “This experience has not only affected me as an individual but has also influenced my children. I have dealt with family tragedies and have faced many challenges as a single mother and full-time employee. It has not been easy, but with the support of my instructors I have been directed to the appropriate resources to support me academically,” she continued.
Happy with the support she has received at YVCC, she encouraged her children to also pursue their dreams of education. Her oldest son completed his associate’s degree from YVCC as a running start student and transferred to San Diego State University. “The quality of education that YVCC provides is reflected through my son who was accepted to a very competitive university,” she continued. He is working toward his degree in business administration. “My younger son will also have the opportunity to enroll in YVCC’s Running Start Program and will begin taking college courses as a high school junior during the 2013-2014 academic year. I cannot emphasize enough the quality of education and the excellent work the instructors do to motivate and challenge their students’ potential,” she continued. Zapata completed her associate in arts degree. “If it weren’t for this community college, my dreams as an individual and as a parent would have never come true,” she concluded. She plans to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a bachelor’s degree in education. Her goal is to become a high school math teacher.
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