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Student Success

Honors Students

The Annual Student Success Awards

Sponsored by the Community College of Aurora Foundation

Community College of Aurora has many students who are working diligently to improve their lives and the lives of those around them through higher education, despite facing numerous difficulties.

The Student Success Awards give a simple acknowledgment of these stories. Every year, the faculty and staff recognize students who exercise determination, leadership, perseverance, and attributes of success other than academic performance.

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2017 Student Success Award Winners

Leya Admasu Leya Admasu

I grew up in Ethiopia. Growing up without a father can be hard and devastating, but with a strong mother like mine, who would go through anything to make sure I succeed, I knew I could be successful. I came to Colorado in 2015 and joined CCA. I received full support from CCA to ensure I flourished as a student. All the staff want to see you succeed and are willing to work with you, especially my favorite instructor Kate Noon-Ulvila. She is like my college mother; she taught me so many things. She reassured me when I told her I wanted to become a teacher just like her. After graduation, I want to become an art teacher and have my own institute to work with youths to keep them off the street. I want to thank my lord and savior, Jesus Christ; my mother, and my uncle Tadesse Yohannes, for being supportive throughout all my education. I also what to thank my advisor Erik Clark, he inspired me to believe I can do anything and helped to raise my confidence.

Angel Avalos Angel Avalos

Prior to attending the Community College of Aurora, I was working in the construction field, installing pipe for new residential homes. It was a very tough job but the financial security kept me working. I would wake up every morning and think “Is this what the rest of my life is going to consist of?” I never complained because I was able to create a better life for my family and lift the burden of paying bills from my mother; these things became possible by working in a job which I didn’t like. I knew I would not be able to work in construction all my life. I decided that I wanted to change my life and do something I love. This is what drove me to attend CCA and get a degree. Anything is possible in life when you are determined to succeed. I could not have accomplished what I have done so far without my family. I would also like to thank Gregory Atencio for helping me in my academic studies. I have a sponsorship with Bobcat of the Rockies and plan to work there after I graduate from school. I look forward to starting my career as a diesel technician.

Toisaun Bennett Toisaun Bennett

I am attending the Community College of Aurora to be a nurse, so that one day I will be able to provide a better life for myself and my family. Like many other students at CCA, I face several obstacles to completing my education: I am the oldest of five children, and I am the first in my family to attend college. Finding a balance between work and studying is difficult. I attended Metropolitan State University of Denver last year but it was tough to take classes and work at the same time and I had to leave MSU Denver. I decided to start taking classes at CCA this fall because I wanted a smaller community that would provide support but also a place where I could learn to be independent at my own pace. Recently, I was struggling in class and Richard Niemeyer gave me some words of wisdom that encouraged me to stay in school. Because of the continuous support that I receive from the faculty and staff at CCA, I am confident that I will be able to achieve my educational goals!

Eduardo Calles

 

Eduardo Calles

I started college in 2014 at Metropolitan State University of Denver but my mom suffered a heart attack while I was a freshman. I was planning to be a mechanical engineer; during high school, I received my General Service Technician certificate from Pickens Technical College with a 4.0 GPA during my senior year of high school. I was planning to go into the automotive industry but after my mom’s heart attack I decided to be closer to my mother and study psychology at CCA. One of the factors that motivated me to study psychology was at the time I didn’t really believe in help but when a situation like this happens, you want to be in the right state of mind so I asked for assistance. I decided that psychology would be the best fit for me to help others when they need help. It does not matter how stubborn you are or if you don’t believe in help from others, we will all need a helping hand one day.

Alyce Clark

 

Alyce Clark

I was born and raised in Aurora and decided to come to the Community College of Aurora because there are really good programs here. I was hesitant about going back to school at first because I had a son in December 2016 and was working full time, but I decided I wanted to pursue my dream of going into the medical field. I love helping people and making them smile, even when they’re not having the best day and that’s why I love the medical field so much. I graduated from Pima Medical Institute and currently work as a medical assistant, but I want to work my way up to become a medical professional. Eventually I’d like to become a registered nurse and then a physician assistant. I’m studying science at CCA, and one of my instructors, Danielle Walker, is amazing. She answers all my questions when I need help. After I graduate from CCA, my plan is to transfer to Colorado State University to continue working toward my education and career goals.

Josie Clark

 

Josie Clark

I have attended CCA for two years as a concurrent enrollment student. I took concurrent enrollment classes to get college credit and I am interested in music and I want to explore the options available. The first class I took here was a guitar class with Aaron Summerfield; he was a good instructor and taking his class made CCA seem less intimidating. Michael Pickering has taught me a lot and he has been super helpful. I would like to thank Michael because he has helped me choose the classes I’m interested in and he is enthusiastic about what he does. I have enjoyed meeting different people at CCA and I have enjoyed the music classes that I have taken; I have learned a lot in the time I have been here. When I graduate from high school next spring, I want to attend CCA and participate in the music program. I would like to pursue something in music but I am not sure what specifically just yet.




Amanda Collins

 

Amanda Collins

A big reason why I decided to come to the Community College of Aurora is because I’m trying to set a good example for my 10-year-old son. I’m in the Diesel Power Mechanics program at CCA. I also work two jobs: at FedEx five nights a week and at Faris Machinery as part of the Diesel Power Mechanics program. My teachers are awesome. They’re very knowledgeable. Getting the hands-on experience from the program is wonderful. The instructors have a great sense of humor, too. I grew to love mechanics because my dad was a mechanic, so I followed him around when I was younger while he worked on equipment. Then, when I got older, I worked for Vestas in Brighton for a few months and loved it. Some people say women can’t be diesel mechanics, so I like to prove them wrong and that motivates me. If all goes according to plan, I’ll continue working at Faris after I graduate. I want to show my son that you can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it.

Audriana Crawford

 

Audriana Crawford

My family and I moved to Aurora five years ago from Washington state. I originally wanted to pursue a career in cosmetology, but my brother was diagnosed with a cancer that paralyzed him from the neck down. I took care of him for two years before he died in 2010. Then my mom was diagnosed with cancer. While she was in hospice and my family was told she wasn’t going to make it, my dad sat me down and helped guide me toward what is now my career dream: to work with children who have disabilities. He knows I love helping people, so he helped inspire me to study sociology at CCA. My instructor Danielle Walker has been a big inspiration to me. She’s extremely supportive and if you ever need something, she’s always there for you. She understands what people are going through and that life can be challenging. After I graduate from CCA, I’d like to transfer to either the University of Colorado Boulder or Metropolitan State University of Denver and continue my education.

Caitlin Cuneo

 

Caitlin Cuneo

I was teaching Spanish in private lessons to students from kindergarten through adult learners. However, I wanted to change my career path to something where I had a bigger impact on my community. I started teaching Spanish to the district attorney in Boulder County and began to learn more about the need for court interpreters. There is not a lot of affordable education for interpretation and I was interested in becoming a court interpreter without having to accrue a lot of student debt. The managing court interpreter in Boulder suggested I talk with Yuliya Fedasenka-Cloud at CCA. I enrolled in the Translation and Interpretation program at CCA and received my Translation and Interpretation certificate in December 2016. Interpreting is a really difficult skill – interpreting in front of other people who know that language can be very scary in a classroom setting. I felt nervous having to interpret in front of the other students but it helped prepare me for working in the court system. The CCA program was challenging and relevant; I had the opportunity to study with someone who was highly skilled in Yuliya. She challenges students but she is also encouraging; she kept the class engaging and interesting.

Betelehem Duressa

 

Betelehem Duressa

It has always been my childhood desire to become a nurse. Growing up in Ethiopia I saw a lot of people suffering and in pain and I wanted to help them. I won a lottery to come to the United States in 2013 and I moved to Colorado because I had family here. I also wanted to come to America to get a better education. When I was looking for a school to go to, I had a friend who was enrolled in CCA’s Nursing program and she suggested I take classes. I have attended CCA for three years – everyone is so helpful and everything is easy to find. Some of the challenges I have encountered have been that the language barrier has been difficult to overcome and when I first came to America everything was new. Also the way they teach in America is different from Ethiopia and I had to learn how they teach here. I would like to transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver next year. I want to thank God and my husband for their support. I would also like to thank Svetlana Ehrhart; she has been so helpful and she always guides me where I need to go.

Jaylem Durousseau

 

Jaylem Durousseau

My father moved to Colorado at 18 from Guam in search of better opportunities. He lived in an apartment off Colfax with a beanbag chair as his only furniture. I was born when my father was about to turn 19, and to help support me he worked two jobs because he was determined to provide me with a life better than his. One thing he always stressed is the importance of education to better myself, and to give myself more opportunities. Sadly, I did poorly in high school and graduated with a sub 2.5 GPA but I still managed to get into college. Although I was accepted at Regis University, I could not afford it, so I enlisted into the U.S. Army Reserve as a psychological operations specialist to help pay for college. After finishing advanced individual training in May, I decided Regis was still out of reach financially and made the decision to attend CCA to study political science. I hope after graduation to transfer to  University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, or Regis University, and eventually attend law school. I want to thank all my instructors and peers, but most importantly my family for pushing me, and inspiring me every day to be the best person I can be.

Azza Fadlalla

 

Azza Fadlalla

I earned my bachelor’s in computer science in the United Arab Emirates in 2005 but I found out I am not a technology person. I am studying nursing and I am working on my associate degree. I hope to transfer to University of Colorado and become a nurse practitioner. I have always wanted to join a health care profession and help people. In 2010, I gave birth to my second child; he was diagnosed with autism and that made me want to study more about health. I started at CCA in fall 2016 after a friend suggested it to me. He told me that students do well in transferring and finding jobs after attending CCA. I like the diversity at CCA – you get to see so many people from everywhere. Being in a campus as an international student you can get scared and feel like you don’t belong but the diversity makes it easy to feel like you belong. I would like to thank Susan Achziger for nominating me for this award. She knows how to communicate with ESL students and help people who struggle with writing. I also want to thank Robin Blish; she is always there and is always helpful.

Joaquin Navar Garcia

 

Joaquin Navar Garcia

This is my first semester. I haven’t decided yet on what I want to study but I’m interested in teaching or nutrition. English is not my first language – I’ve been learning the past three years. I was born in Chicago and when I was three years old my family and I moved to Mexico. My sister and I moved to Kentucky three years ago and then my dad moved from Mexico to Denver for work and I went with him. I came to CCA to have a better future; my father did not attend college and he has struggled in his career and I want to have an education to better myself. I like that at CCA the staff has helped me to understand how to fill out my FAFSA and help me pay for college. My instructors know that English is my second language and they are willing to help me past those language barriers. My father has also supported my education plans; if I can’t get a scholarship, he will help me pay for classes. He really wants me to be the first person to go to college.



Ashuntie Gayden

 

Ashuntie Gayden

My mom, cousin, and I came to Colorado from Biloxi, Mississippi, in 2005 because of Hurricane Katrina. We didn’t have much, but my mom had a friend who lived here, so we decided to come to Colorado to start a new life. I decided to come here because I got an Aurora Gives - Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism scholarship. Even if I hadn’t gotten the scholarship, though, I still would’ve come here because I live close to CCA and it’s a really good school. I’ve had so many great mentors here. Erick Chavez is always motivating me and encouraging me to keep pushing forward. Nnena West is always speaking to people for me and advocating for me. Both of them have been great because my first two semesters were challenging. I was homeless and wasn’t focused on school, so Erick and Nnena have been amazing. When I finish at CCA, I want to transfer to a four-year university and study to become a pediatrician. I also want to teach a women and ethnic studies class. Looking back at all that women have accomplished over the years inspires me to want to inspire others.

Alondra Estela Hernandez

 

Alondra Estela Hernandez

I came to the United States from Mexico four years ago. I am about to finish my third semester at CCA. I do all my homework and study my best for my exams so that I can receive good grades. I will take eight classes over fall and spring semesters in order to transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver in fall 2018. At MSU Denver I want to study to be a social worker; my aunt was a social worker and she was an inspiration to me. I want to have a good job that helps families that have assimilation problems. I would like to thank my mother because she helps me when I have questions and motivates me to keep studying. I would also like to thank my advisor Maria Luna because she tells me what classes I should take and about scholarship opportunities. One of the obstacles I have encountered as an immigrant has included learning English. CCA is an institution that has helped me a lot; the teachers and advisors are very prepared and happy to help you reach your full potential.

Danielle House

 

Danielle House

I never went to college after high school. No one ever pushed me to go to college; you don’t realize how important it is until you do it. You don’t realize how important it can be. I am a single mom with three kids and I have been a bank teller for 20-plus years. It’s the only thing I have ever known. I went through an awful divorce and I did a lot of legal work for my divorce and it inspired me to become a paralegal. My oldest daughter is a student at CCA, Breanna, and she is an inspiration. I was impressed by her; if you can do it, I can do it. I want to serve as an inspiration to her. I will graduate in May 2018 after three years at CCA. I will have my associate degree in applied science in paralegal studies and a paralegal certificate. Amber Tamborello has been my favorite instructor here at CCA; she is not only an amazing instructor but an amazing human being. She has really been helpful and been there every step of the way. My cousin Sam is a practicing paralegal; she has served as my surrogate mother and mentor.

Jayla James

 

Jayla James

I started college at University of Colorado Denver but I struggled for a variety of reasons and had to leave college. I came to CCA after I was attacked in 2015; that was a very traumatic experience but it encouraged me to go back to college and better myself. I feel if I can get through that then I can do whatever I want to do. I am studying education with a focus on math to earn my associate degree and then transfer to University of Northern Colorado or University of Colorado Denver and earn my bachelor’s in teaching. I want to get my degree to show my daughter that it’s not about when you get your degree done — just get it done. I like CCA a lot; the hours are pretty flexible around my work schedule since I work two jobs. I don’t have to put the rest of my life on hold for my education. Jeff Paganini is a great teacher; I already loved math but he is very encouraging and supportive and fun. I also want to thank my instructor Margo Aldrich; she gives students a podium to openly discuss current issues and their nationalities and backgrounds and that allows us to support one another.



Patrice Lewis

 

Patrice Lewis

The Community College of Aurora was not the college of my first choice; I always aspired to live on campus and experience the dorm life. My dad consistently advised me that universities were not for everyone and that if I started at CCA it would be cheaper than starting at a four-year college. After high school, I applied for four-year universities, but reality hit me and I realized how expensive college can be. I started CCA in fall 2016 and will graduate in spring 2018 with an associate degree in Business. After I graduate from CCA I plan to transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver to pursue my master’s degree in Accounting. I am happy that I decided to attend the Community College of Aurora because it really made me realize my potential as well as provide me with a job while I am continuing my education. I would like to thank God, my family, my supervisors, my teachers, and advisors for seeing potential in me and having faith and following me until I reach my goal of success!

Meiling Liu

 

Meiling Liu

I am attending CCA with the hopes of becoming a nurse. I am a single mother of a college student and I hope this award will encourage him to be the best student and person he can become. I want to become a nurse in order to help people and make them happy. This award is one of many I hope to receive as a part of my college career. Once I complete my studies at the Community College of Aurora, I plan to continue my education and receive my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. I want to thank the CCA community for all of their help and for recognizing me with this award. 

 

Aleyha Murphy

 

Aleyha Murphy

I always knew I wanted to seek higher education even as a child. As I grew older I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the recording or music industry. I wanted to have a skill or asset to obtain a job in my field since not many people have one in the recording industry. Currently I am enrolled in general studies and I plan to complete a certificate in entrepreneurship. I want to eventually start my own recording studio or work for a label. I am a lyricist and music producer. I attended CCA previously, went to Arapahoe Community College for a year, and came back to CCA this fall because I like the environment. Sometimes it is difficult to balance the drama in my own life with my academic life. I live with my mom and younger siblings. My sisters have some disabilities and my family has limited resources for transportation to school so getting to school sometimes has been a challenge. I’ve been to other community colleges but I came back to CCA because I love it. I like that it’s diverse but I also sense genuine care from my instructors. It’s relaxed and comfortable.

Roxana Mpoyi Mushiya

 

Roxana Mpoyi Mushiya

I moved to the United States in 2014 from the Democratic Republic of Congo because I wanted to have better opportunities and go to better schools. I first moved to Illinois and it was challenging to live there after I had my son. I moved to Denver to find some stability, a job, and an education. Being a mother of a two-year-old boy has always been a motivation for me to go back to school to be a role model for him and motivate him to go to school when he grows up because I know education is key. Being in college can be difficult but what has been challenging was going to school and working two jobs. I now only have one job and my focus is on school. What I like about CCA is it doesn’t feel like school; you feel like you are just talking and learning and interacting in class. I am studying communication studies with the hope to move into a communications field, potentially advertising. The instructors push you not to give up – Jeff Paganini tells me to give my best effort and don’t give up.

Kofi Noamesi

 

Kofi Noamesi

I grew up in Togo and moved to the United States in 2003 where I started working two jobs but I knew there must be more to the American dream. A supervisor at one of my jobs encouraged me to attend nursing school. I graduated from Emily Griffith Technical College in 2009 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. I served six years in the Colorado Army National Guard and I am forever grateful for the training and skillset I acquired from the military. After an honorable discharge, I decided to take pre-pharmacy course work at CCA, with the intention of transferring to the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Pharmacy. After three semesters at CCA, my thirst for knowledge has grown. I have been very impressed with the diversity, camaraderie, and the professionalism at CCA. I am very thankful to my wife, Hellen, for supporting me in this challenging mission. I am forever grateful to instructors such as Jeff Paganini, Jacqueline Williams, Barbara Francis, Martha Jackson-Carter, and all the CCA faculty and staff for their guidance and mentorship.

Austin Ouellette

 

Austin Ouellette

I was born and raised in Denver. After getting my GED, I joined the U.S. Army in 2005. Shortly after beginning my Army career, my wife and I married in 2006. She has always been a huge inspiration to me and after my 10-year break from school she encouraged me to return. She recently got her associate degree online and she told me “you need to go back to school.” I work with mechanical engineers now and that really helped me focus on that as a career path. In 2015 I was finally able to attend college and start on the path towards a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The main thing I like about CCA has been the flexibility with night and online classes; I work full time and I can only take one brick and mortar class at a time. I am almost done with my associate degree and I plan to transfer to University of Colorado Denver in fall 2018. It has been hard, but I want to thank my wife, and every leader, teacher, coworker, and veteran who helped me along the way.

 


Myra L. Rooney 

Myra L. Rooney

I was born into a large, close family that moved a lot. I attended three high schools my senior year, making the traditional path to my college dream nearly impossible. I kept my impossible dream gripped tightly with certitude, held close to my heart, where dreams can’t die. I spent 21 years (and counting!) as a single mom, falling madly in love with my children, holding my college dream close as years passed. In 2015, I was diagnosed with two large brain tumors. Life (and death) got really real, really fast. With loved ones beside me, I survived brain surgery and radiation, lost my job (and my hair!), but gained the courage to finally pursue my dream of attaining a college degree. I started in August 2016 and will graduate in May 2018 from CCA with my associate degree in business. I will have tears in my eyes, a lump in my throat, loved ones around me, and gratitude in my heart. I want to thank Justin Lotspeich, Eduardo Garcia, my classmates, instructors, and CCA.



Sade Simon

 

Sadé Símon

I was in a serious car accident in 2012 when I was a junior in high school. I was in a coma for seven weeks and I broke my neck and pelvis, fractured my spine, and suffered a traumatic brain injury. I had to learn to read, write, walk, and talk again. I then had to finish high school after missing a year and completed my junior and senior year in one semester. After high school, I moved to Colorado and I wasn’t sure what to do next. I was working at a hotel and I realized the best way to improve my life was to get an education. I had an acquaintance, Erik Quintana, who works for CCA and he suggested a scholarship and that got the ball rolling for me to attend CCA in spring 2017. Being back in a school setting is a challenge because of my brain injury and it is difficult for me to communicate correctly. Lourdes Huici Clever, Glenn Spagnuolo, William Painter, and Jeff Paganini have helped me to understand why things happen the way they do and then helped me develop a better way of dealing with them. I want to study journalism and political science and contribute to society by possibly working at a PBS station.

Han Thar

 

Han Thar

I am an immigrant from Myanmar. At 19, I was forced to join the Burmese Military, one of the cruelest military regimes in the world. I was detained in the camp but I managed to run away. My parents asked me to escape my country so that I would not lose my life in the civil war. Before I made it to the United States, I faced immense difficulties in Malaysia where I took refuge from the political conflict in my country. After two years of living in Malaysia, I was recognized as a refugee. Three years later I was sent to America and have been here since 2014. As soon as I set foot in America, my aspiration was to go to college to gain an education. Once I earn my associate degree from CCA, I plan to transfer to Colorado State University or Metropolitan State University of Denver to earn a bachelor’s degree. I am currently a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Brother to Brother program, and the TRIO program. My career goal is to become a GIS analyst with a government agency or the U.S. Air Force.

Brandon J. Thierry Brandon J. Thierry

In high school I struggled; I never did any assignments, and I rarely studied. I dropped out of high school at the beginning of my senior year and I got my GED. Between the ages of 17 and 20, I drifted from job to job. However, a tragedy in my family made me focus on what I want to do. My grandfather was struck by a car. At the time of the accident I was enrolled in college but lacked motivation in school. After the accident, I saw the trauma rob my grandfather of his mind. Watching his struggle, I decided that I wanted to help people so I decided to enter the medical field. I am currently studying chemistry and I hope to transfer to Colorado School of Mines. I am lucky to be at CCA; I have learned how to get involved, and not just academically. I currently serve as Student Government Association treasurer and learning what it means to serve and represent people. I would not be where I am today if it was not for a few people. First my mother, who has supported me through thick and thin. Then there is my grandfather, who was a father to me, a mentor, a friend, and an inspiration.

 

Felix Tshite Felix Tshite

I came to America in January 2011 from my home country of Congo. I came here for more opportunities for my education. I went to Gateway High School and I did not do well. I did not speak a word of English; the only word I knew was “hi”. I was bullied and I did things that I was not supposed to do and I started hanging out with a bad crowd just to fit in. Those academic problems continued when I started at CCA. I came to CCA with a “whatever” attitude but I didn’t know the consequences when you don’t take school seriously. I was late to class often and didn’t care. I realized that I needed to step up for myself – I can’t complain that it’s hard because other people are doing it. I used to complain a lot but not anymore. I set a timer and schedule homework time and free time and I make sure everything is on track. I put school first now. Rachel Blue and Joseph Navarro made me believe in myself and never gave up on me. I want to study law so that I can help the people in my country and I want to either join the FBI or become a lawyer.

Hannah Walls Hannah Walls

I’m from Loveland, so staying in the state was important to me when I was deciding where to go to school. I will graduate in December from the Colorado Film School with an Associate of Applied Science degree in writing/ producing. After I graduate, my plan is to transfer to a four-year university to continue studying writing and producing. When I’m done with school, I want to be an independent producer and produce my own films. I love the idea of being my own boss and creating jobs, because that’s what producing does – it creates jobs for other people and stimulates the economy. I’d also love to film the Olympics one day. I did a lot of swimming growing up, and ever since I quit, being a producer at the Olympics has always been in the back of my mind. I’d really like to thank two of my professors at the Colorado Film School: Will Hicks and Art Thomas. Will is so kind and is just a wealth of knowledge. He’s given me a lot more confidence in what I’m going to produce and how I should go about it. And Art is doing what we all want to do – producing films in Colorado, which is awesome!

 

Nyeda Wiggins Nyeda Wiggins

I am blessed and honored to be recognized and nominated for the Student Success Award. I came to CCA because of the flexible class schedules, institutional values, and the educational opportunities and resources offered on and off campus. While being a single parent of two, working full time, and pursuing a bachelor’s degree is not easy, my CCA family has been there to help every step of the way. Their patience, dedication, and relentless encouragement has helped mold me into the student, parent, and professional that I was meant to be. Although my educational journey has been challenging, the experience has also been rewarding and joyous. My goal is to transfer to a four-year university to complete my Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education. With my degree, I plan to support my community by becoming a youth advocate by providing a challenging and exciting learning environment. I also want to give the proper support, resources, and inspiration to our youth, just as my CCA family has done for me.

Khin Sandar Win Khin Sandar Win

I am from Burma and I grew up in a war zone. It was very scary and life was not easy there; we suffered a lot. I moved to America with my daughter in 2009 to save our lives. I came to Denver as a refugee and I got a job immediately after I arrived. Learning is my passion. I had studied in Burma but the schools were not as good as in America. When I came to the United States, I wanted to pursue a career where I could help save people because I had seen so much suffering. I started at CCA in fall 2016 after being away from school for 17 years. I am studying public health with the goal of learning about global health and to study epidemiology. I am doing my general education at CCA and plan to transfer to the University of Colorado Denver in 2018. I want to thank Brianna Adams for nominating me. She is my science tutor; she explains concepts that I don’t understand well and helps me to understand the details. Every one of my instructors at CCA has been wonderful and caring. They have helped me overcome cultural and language barriers.

Buzayehu Yitbarek Buzayehu Yitbarek

I am originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After my first child was born, I quickly realized that I had to go to school to be a role model for my son. Coming to CCA has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I believe education is the key for success; it is not easy while working a full-time job and caring for a family, but I made it with the grace of God. After this semester, I will transfer to the University of Colorado Denver to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science. I am proud to be nominated for the Student Success Award. This award will give me additional energy and motivation in my education. I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for continuing to bless me, and I would like to thank my beloved wife. Her motivation, encouragement, and unconditional love are the fuel that helps me to do the impossible. Finally, I thank my instructors, friends, and advisor Tekleab Hailu for believing in me for this great opportunity.

 

Rosa Yohannes Rosa Yohannes

I decided to attend CCA because my sister goes to school here and she likes it. I started in 2015 and I am currently studying acting. My plan is to become an actor one day and I would like to get a job with Redbarre, a film production company when they move to Colorado. I really enjoy all of the support that is offered at CCA. I often struggle so anytime I have a question or I have a hard time, I can go to the Student Success Center and get help with what I need. I also like that CCA offers accommodations to help me with tests if I need it. I would like to thank Michael Levell for his support. He was my tutor before he became my English teacher and encouraged me to join his class. Janell Lindsey has also helped me with any questions I have about my application. She’s helped me figure out what classes to take and helped me not to be so stressed out. When I started at CCA I had just overcome treatment for a brain tumor and it was tough to study. Janell really helped me overcome some of the obstacles that the treatment and tumor had caused.

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