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2016 Alumni Stories

ACC Graduate Encourages Lynwood Inspire Club to ‘Keep Focusing Forward’

The message at American Career College-Lynwood's most recent Inspire Club meeting was "pushing forward." The guest speaker was Jamison Wallington, a vocational nursing graduate from ACC-Orange County who is now the lead medical assistant instructor at...

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ACC Graduate and Clinical Partner Spotlight: Nathan Mitchell, Pulse Cardiology

Nathan Mitchell had a successful career in business and marketing, but decided he wanted a degree in a healthcare field to take his career to the next level. Mitchell is now Practice Administrator for Pulse Cardiology in San Bernardino County, and an...

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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 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 County...

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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 and coding program...

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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 in the...

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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 hold...

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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 the last...

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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 me," she said...

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ACC Graduate Facilitates Surg Tech Instrument Donation to OC Program

The Surgical Technologist program at American Career College-Orange County now has even more of the latest instruments for students, thanks to a donation facilitated by one of our graduates. Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla donated more than 1,000...

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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 also excited...

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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 for more than...

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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 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 Graduates Celebrate with Friends and Family at Winter 2016 Commencement

More than 1,100 graduates from American Career College gathered with their friends and family in Ontario to celebrate the Winter 2016 Commencement on Feb. 13. The stands of Citizens Business Bank Arena were packed as a long line of black-robed graduates...

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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, so...

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