Expanding the Gateway, Enabling Dreams
Volume VIII, Issue 5, October 24, 2022
For more than 90 years, Santa Monica College has continued to exemplify the community college promise—of making higher education and its by-product of opportunity available and accessible to all. SMC in Focus celebrates that legacy, through the stories of SMC to UC Berkeley transfer Brandon Sanchez, SMC to UCLA transfer Jasmine Wilfong who went to Georgia to study Russian, and journalism major Jessica Dupree who took a leap of faith to make her own dreams come true. Also, a highlight of an exciting new program-in-the-works Aquaculture and a free noncredit Certified Nursing Assistant program. Enjoy!
Gritty Start, Glossy Finish
A Salvadoran immigrant washing dishes in a West Hollywood restaurant, Brandon Sanchez never imagined he could be a professional photographer. It all started with ESL classes at SMC. Today, he’s an art student at UC Berkeley.
Santa Monica College’s new Aquaculture certificate program will provide career opportunities that grow the economy while promoting underwater sustainability for a healthier planet.
Georgia on Her Mind
In her quest for Russian fluency, SMC to UCLA transfer Jasmine Wilfong ’22 wasn’t about to let geopolitics, coronavirus or even linguistic realities stand in the way. Which is how she came to spend last summer in Tbilisi, Georgia, sharpening her Slavic language skills.
A New Path for Nursing Assistants
One of SMC’s newest noncredit certificate courses (absolutely free to students), the Certified Nursing Assistant Program seeks to fill a yawning workforce gap, and give deserving students a pathway to a better life.
An SMC student film is a finalist in a Russo Brothers-organized competition. A research analyst shares her struggle with eczema w/Pfizer & CNN. The SMC Library gets a gift of art from a former student.
SMC student Jessica L. Dupree combined her belief in herself with her faith in God to follow her dreams of becoming a public relations powerhouse.