Yakima Area Residents Finding Success Through Charter College

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More than 100 students earned degrees or certificates at the Charter College graduation, held at the Yakima Convention Center on September 29, 2017.

Student speakers Mariza Garcia (Medical Office Administrative Assistant Certificate & AAS in Allied Health) and Jennifer Clark (Certificate in Medical Assistant) spoke about their journeys before college and how Charter College changed their lives. They, like many of our students, overcame obstacles and challenges to accomplish their career goals.

Carlos Luna (HVAC) and Jami Olson (MA) were both recognized with Student Awards to honor their perseverance, sacrifice and exemplifying the characteristics the college believes are necessary to excel in their professions.

All four graduates are now working successfully in their fields.

“Twenty-plus years ago I started a career in nutrition and thought that’s what I would retire from, but then my job was devastatingly eliminated. I was 53 years old and that was the only thing I knew,” Olson shares. “The silver lining is that I found Charter College. Within hours of calling the school, I was talking to someone who helped prepare me to go back to school. And it’s been like that every step of the way. Katrina, my Career Services Representative, helped me update my resume and apply for the job I have now. Even after graduation, she’s still there supporting me and she said she would be there for me in a year when it’s time to transition to a different position here.”

“We aren’t your traditional college where you’re just another student in a class, and another paper being graded,” said Campus President Daisy Mendoza. “Here you’re a member of our community and from the first time you walk in, we take the time to get to know you.”

2017 Graduates

Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems

·       Tyler Roybal

Associate of Applied Science, Allied Health

·       Nellie Eyle

·       Kassandra Roy

·       Eleanore Jackson

·       Carina Sanchez

·       Raquel Lemos

·       Sara Turckheim-Coloj

·       Delores McGuire

·       Darlyn Villa

·       Victoria Mullen

·       Michaela Wilson

·       Mariza Garcia

Associate of Applied Science, Business Administration

·       Atziri Abarca

·       Cortney Lee

·       Krysti French

·       Michael Mancesri

·       Nikky Gomez

·       Shelby Nolan

·       Leah Hawk-Vivette

·       Justine Sosa

·       Lee Roy Ibarra

·       Joseph Weeks

Associate of Applied Science, Computer Networking Systems

·       Ryan Benscoter

Certificate, Business Office Administration

·       Krysti French

·       Abigail Ochoa

·       Belen Garza

·       Vannesa Ramirez

·       Nikky Gomez

·       Justine Sosa

·       Leah Hawk-Vivette

·       Heather Thomas

·       Cortney Lee Perla Torres

·       Michael Mancesri II

Certificate, Dental Assisting

·       Marisol Garcia

Certificate, HVAC/R

·       Juan Aguado

·       Andrew Montgomery

·       Tre DeZoete

·       Joseph Palomarez

·       Aaron Guerrero

·       Christopher Rodriguez

·       Clinton Hayes

·       Angel Ruvalcaba

·       Carlos Luna

·       Victor Sanchez

·       Adrian Martinez

·       Cesar Villa

Certificate, Medical Office Administrative Assistant

·       Sara Flores

·       Ashley Guisinger

·       Mariza Garcia

·       Anastasia Soliz

Certificate, Paralegal Studies

·       Dulce Sanchez

Certificate, Medical Assistant

·       Maria Marcial

·       Carina Sanchez

·       Maribel Mayorga

·       Erica Medina

·       Victoria Mullen

·       Adarah Smedley

·       Joyanne Thompson

·       Jami Olson

·       Chantel Timms

·       Gabriela Ortiz

·       Adalena Uriostegui

·       Amber Perez

·       Itzel Ponce

·       Tana Pranke

·       Ronni Warner

·       Yesenia Ramirez

·       Cherie Weible

·       Alexandrea Ross

·       Rosa Werremeyer

·       Kassandra Roy

·       Kimberly Wittenmyer

·       Angelica Aguilar

·       Regina Garcia

·       Norann Aguirre

·       Waylen Beaman

·       Vanessa Haro

·       Anissa Botello

·       Meranda Hawkins

·       Maribel Hernandez

·       Tina Casillas

·       Marina Hernandez-Aguilar

·       Flormaria Cervantes Solano

·       Maria Hernandez-Lopez

·       Marbella Cervantes

·       Eleanore Jackson

·       Roxana Chavez

·       Dulce Jimenez

·       Jennifer Clark

·       Patience Keck

·       Marie Coronado

·       Chelsea Kelsh

·       Celicia Diaz

·       Megan Kinmark

·       Tennille Eyle

·       Bethany Krebs

·       Bia Fiamo

·       Christina Garcia

·       Maritza Madrigal

“At graduation, we get to see the fruits of our labor and our students’ amazing support systems,” said Mendoza. “The most rewarding part about my job is going out in our community and seeing our graduates working in their fields.”