2016 Career Stories

ACC Graduate Spotlight: Aida Meza

Aida Meza can proudly state that she is a medical billing and coding graduate of American Career College-Ontario, but the road to get there was anything but easy. “Many people believe certain things are impossible, although I’m a graduate...

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ACC Clinical Partner Spotlight: Vallarie Rose with CVS Health

At ACC-Ontario's recent Career Fair, we spoke with Vallarie Rose, District Pharmacy Resource for CVS Health, about what traits their company is looking for in pharmacy technicians. "We like to see people that care about their communities and have...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Stephanie Benhumea

The featured graduate from American Career College's Summer 2016 Commencement was born in East Los Angeles in 1988. She is the oldest of six children and the only girl. Stephanie Benhumea's parents divorced and she moved with her dad to Orange...

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Healthcare Recruiters Pack Into Crowded ACC-Los Angeles Career Fair

More than 50 job recruiters filled the fourth floor of American Career College-Los Angeles' campus during the recent job fair. ACC-LA Career Services Director Gohar Abrahamian said not only had the Career Fair creeped into the hallways, but some of the...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Fathima Hameed

Most people go to a Career Fair looking for a job, but American Career College medical assistant graduate Fathima Hameed isn't most people. The day before a career fair at ACC-Los Angeles in September, Hameed was told by Career Services about a job opening....

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Richard Rodriguez

The first day he walked on campus as an American Career College student, Richard Rodriguez didn’t know what to expect. Before enrolling at ACC-Lywood, Rodriguez had worked at Disneyland for eight years and said the medical billing...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Cherie Watkins, LVN

After 12 years away from school, Cherie Watkins said getting back into the mindset of a student was "a process." Finding time and space to study and do homework was nearly impossible. "I locked myself in the room, but that wasn't enough. So I got...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Jennifer Franco

Jennifer Franco had to grow up fast. When she was 18, Franco had to become the main breadwinner for her mother and siblings after the family faced some financial hardships. “I was going to community college but everything was kind of put on...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Leontyne Thompson Love

She might not look it, but Leontyne Thompson Love is "old school." More than 20 years ago, Love graduated from the American Career College of Optics in Los Angeles, which eventually expanded to become the present American Career College. On...

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50 Recruiters Flock to ACC-OC Career Fair

More than 50 employers attended American Career College-Orange County's career fair and open house event in May. Organizations including Cedars Sinai, UC Irvine Health, St. Joseph Heritage, Kaiser Permanente, Sharp Memorial, Scripps Hospital, Davita...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Vanessa Navarrete

Vanessa Navarrete thought she wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but changed her mind after enrolling at Cal State University, Fullerton. "I actually substitute taught for a few months and realized that it just wasn't the path for...

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ACC-Ontario Career Fair Helps Surgical Tech Students Sharpen Interview Skills

While giving their "elevator talk" to the 120 vendors and hospitals at American Career College-Ontario's career fair, Susan Flanagan wanted the students in her surgical technology program to remember there wasn't a single factor in their training...

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Clinical Partner Spotlight: Massage Envy

Some companies have growing pains, Massage Envy is just growing. “We’re growing as we speak. In the Inland Empire, Massage Envy has 19 locations. We’re all over Southern California and we are the largest employer of massage therapists...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Tencie Walker

For Tencie Walker, graduation was a mixture of emotions. She was happy because her family were among the 10,000 people attending American Career College’s Winter 2016 Commencement at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. But she was...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Blanca Martinez Gomez

It's clear Blanca Martinez Gomez has the recipe for success. The American Career College graduate owns a catering business, serving her family’s traditional Mexican food to people from Palm Springs to Ventura County and Long Beach...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: David Borg

After developing asthma as an adult and seeing multiple doctors who couldn’t help him, David Borg decided to do something about it himself. “It was affecting my work in the field,” Borg said, who graduated from American Career College’s...

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ACC-Lynwood Performs 'A Class Act' To Demonstrate Different Roles in Hospital

Lights, camera, medical emergency! What started out as a campus tour and orientation for about a dozen prospective American Career College students ended up a real-time simulation on how different programs at ACC-Lynwood interact during a medical event. “This...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Lizeth Villanueva

Medical billing and coding externships usually take 200 hours to complete — for American Career College graduate and rheumatoid arthritis sufferer Lizeth Villanueva, it took four painful months. Villanueva, now 30, first visited the ACC-Ontario...

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ACC-LA Kicks Off 2016 With Career Fair

What better way to start off 2016 than with a new career? More than 150 American Career College graduates and students helped pack a room at ACC-Los Angeles at the campus' first job fair this year on Feb. 2. "The campus was booming with excitement,"...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Brenda Gonzalez

  Sometimes sister does know best. Brenda Gonzalez had gone to a four-year school. She had a job tutoring young kids. But she still wasn’t excited by what she was doing. “My sister knew I was fresh out of college and I wasn’t really...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Alice Franco

  There’s nothing like having a lot of hands-on experience — especially for a new massage therapist. “One of the chiropractors that I interviewed with said my techniques were very advanced for somebody who just got out of school,...

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