Bachelor’s Degree Enables Students to Design Their Futures

18 students just graduated from Santa Monica College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interaction Design, a historic moment in the college’s history. The unprecedented four-year program trained them in design, user experience, and technology to improve people’s interface with digital platforms. The possibilities in the field are many—and sometimes, unexpected. Read More

Boaz Gerstl

Choosing the Positive: Boaz Gerstl

Boaz Gerstl left Israel and came to the U.S., seeking higher education and a new beginning. Read More

Francesco and Beatrice

Riding a Wave to Their Future

Francesco Camuffo and Beatrice Lanza left their hometown in Italy for Southern California—for the love of art and surfing. Read More

Maritza Lopez

Maritza Lopez: One Dream at a Time

Homelessness. A 1.0 GPA. Maritza Lopez would let nothing stand in the way of her dream to transfer to UCLA. Read More

Groove Junkies & Reelsoul

SMC Bragging Rights

From VP to college president, a “mild-mannered clerk” makes music by night, and the only community college to win a prestigious national award. Read More

STEM Instructor and Student

STEM Interns Achieve Liftoff

Maria Hernandez wouldn’t take no for an answer. Tehreem Raza came to SMC—from Saudi Arabia. They’re both building bright futures in STEM. Read More