Clarissa Caposino (WHCC)
For Clarissa Caposino, West Hills College Coalinga has been a “beacon” toward a career in healthcare. Clarissa recently graduated in May 2016 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts: Math and Science and plans on working toward becoming first a nurse and then eventually, a doctor. A graduate of Coalinga High School with the Class of 2014, Clarissa originally wanted to attend Fresno State but decided that West Hills College, with its attentive faculty and many student activities and President’s Scholars Program, would be a better fit.
“Besides the fact that thanks to the scholarship, it’s fiscally responsible to go to West Hills, it’s brought a lot of people into my life,” she said. “The President’s Scholars program has helped me tremendously.” Clarissa has been a stellar student. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, was the president of the Associated Student Body and has been involved in softball and volleyball. She was the graduation speaker.
Clarissa also has a history with West Hills: she’s been attending West Hills in one way or another since 2008, when she was in the 6th grade.
Jonathan Maravilla (WHCL)
A graduate of the WHCL class of 2016, Jonathan Marvailla saw his time at West Hills College Lemoore as an opportunity to think. He came to WHCL with not much of an idea of what he wanted to study. He leaves with a solid understanding of what he wants his future to be like and a path to get there. He earned his associate’s degree in business administration this semester and will be transferring to Fresno State to earn his bachelor’s degree in engineering. He credits his success to WHCL and to the President’s Scholars program.
“It was a good way to save money and have time to think about going into a certain major,” he said. “It took some of the stress off and it also gave me a boost, knowing that I had to maintain a high GPA. It kept me focused.”
He applied for the President’s Scholars Program after a WHCL counselor told him about the program and encouraged him to apply.
He is a graduate of Sierra Pacific High School in Hanford, a member of the class of 2014.
Deysi Reyes (NDC)
The educational journey of Deysi Reyes has been paved with difficulties. She came to the United States from El Salvador with her family when she was 13 years old and in the 7th grade. She did not speak much English and struggled to keep up with classes and homework as a result. However, through quiet dedication and help from her middle and high school teachers, she learned and became determined to get an education.
She graduated from Mendota High School in 2015.
While her first choice for college was Fresno State, she soon realized that with West Hills she could get her first two years of general education finished at a much lower cost. When a counselor encouraged her to apply for the President’s Scholars program, her dream of being able to go to college became a reality. She started taking classes at North District Center, Firebaugh and now plans to graduate next May with her associate’s degree in psychology and transfer to Fresno State. Her goal is to earn her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in psychology.
“I would have felt lost if I would have gone straight to Fresno State and I’ve saved so much money,” she said. “I don’t regret coming here at all.”