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Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Randi Elaine Stewart

29 May 2014

Randi Elaine Stewart

Randi Elaine Stewart graduated from College of Alameda last week and will be attending Cal State East Bay this coming fall.

Of her experience, she writes, “After an 8-year career in the corporate world, in October of 2010, I decided to return to school and obtain an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Although I did exceptionally well in both Bus 1A and 1B, I determined that working in this field was not something I wanted to pursue.  It was when I took Physical Geography at the College of Alameda that I discovered what truly interested me. Ever since, I have been captivated by the mechanisms of the Earth and have yearned to obtain a better knowledge of the planet and its rapidly changing systems. I immediately changed my major to Geography and am intending on using this education to obtain a career that involves environmental work or the use of Geographical Information Systems.”

“My goal is to work outdoors in a field where my research and development will contribute to the preservation our planet’s natural resources,” Randi says. And she is well on her way, attending CSU East Bay as Geography major.

Randi is a CalWORKs student who has maintained two work-study positions (working 25-30 hours per week) while concurrently enrolled in 12 units and maintaining a 3.79 GPA.  Randi is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.   In addition, the college scholarship committee selected Randi to receive the 2014 $500 Follett Bookstore Scholarship Award.

As a single mom on welfare, Randi writes, “I know firsthand the hardships that accompany the pursuit of higher education. I found my path and was able to enroll in school and pursue a career in Geography; however it was not an easy task. During my entire academic career, I have struggled with the idea of withdrawing and securing a full-time job to relieve the financial stresses I endure each month.  However, I have been able to continue thus far and am now on my way to becoming a well-educated global citizen.”

Randi adds, “To be the first member of my family to graduate from college would be a dream come true.”

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Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Chau Vo

29 May 2014

Chau Vo

Chau Vo, of College of Alameda, is on her way to UC Berkeley. An EOPS student, Chau is the recipient of an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship awarded by the  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.  She is one of 85 finalists selected from 3,705 applications representing 727 community colleges from across the country. The Foundation provides as much as $30,000 a year for up to three years to the nation’s best low-income community college students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university.

Chau earned an AS and AST in Mathematics at CoA and will be majoring in Chemical Engineering this fall at UC Berkeley.

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Spring Semester Starts January 21!

3 January 2014

Enroll now to get the classes you need for the Spring 2014 semester at the Peralta Colleges.

Classes are filling up fast at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

To find the classes you need, follow this link:

https://passport2.peralta.edu/psp/EPAPROD/EMPLOYEE/EMPL/h/?tab=PAPP_GUEST

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