October 28, 2021

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Citrus College provides special, demanding STEM options

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By Laura Bollinger, Citrus Higher education Governing Board Member

One particular in no way is familiar with when an prospect will change their existence. Jocelyn Gonzalez, who learned her occupation path at Citrus College, can undoubtedly attest to this.

Ms. Gonzalez, a Southern California native, received an Affiliate of Science diploma in Organic Sciences last yr. She grew up in Pomona and transferred to the Claremont Unified University District ahead of graduating from Claremont High University in 2017. She made the decision to enroll at Citrus College or university following her brother encouraged her to pursue her passion for animals and review to come to be a veterinarian.

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As a promising STEM scholar, Ms. Gonzalez been given an prospect to participate in Bridge to the Geosciences, a a few-12 months venture funded by the Countrywide Science Basis. The program was created for Citrus Higher education STEM pupils to discover profession opportunities and take part in a collaborative venture with classmates and colleagues.

“Getting aspect of Bridge to the Geosciences demonstrates you sections of the science earth you may never ever even consider, practically like a ‘behind-the-scenes’ seem at several various fields of analysis,” Ms. Gonzalez said.

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As section of the software, Ms. Gonzalez was capable to pay a visit to a handful of slicing-edge investigation and geoscience services: the Oak Crest Institute of Science in Monrovia, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the Centre for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations on Catalina Island and the Colorado-based University Company for Atmospheric Investigate.

“Bridge to the Geosciences served me not really feel so alone, and it was a fantastic way to commence off my initial calendar year at Citrus School,” she extra. The practical experience prompted her to decide on a major, biological sciences, and change her occupation aspirations from veterinary medication to environmental biology.

With a new diploma focus, Ms. Gonzalez also labored at the college’s STEM Tutoring Heart, the place she stated she experienced some of her preferred recollections.

Following graduating in 2020, Ms. Gonzalez transferred to California State Polytechnic College, Pomona, to go after a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology with an emphasis in ecology and restoration.

“I located my enjoy for instructing folks when I was a Citrus College or university STEM tutor, and I hope to just one day return to Citrus University and grow to be a college member,” Ms. Gonzalez noted. “I would really like to give back again to the higher education that really acquired me on observe to turn into the person I am now.”

As Claremont’s consultant on the Citrus Community School District Board of Trustees, I am very happy that this establishment delivers students with special daily life-shifting chances. I appear forward to sharing even a lot more results stories as learners keep on to pursue the tutorial and professional ambitions at Citrus Higher education.

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