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2018 Alumni Stories

ACC Graduate Spotlight: Jasmine Alaa

ACC student speaker Jasmine Alaa's fall 2108 graduation address: I still remember the day I called in to American Career College to schedule my first appointment with my counselor. She told me I could bring my kids with me if I didn’t have anyone...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Jared Dizon

Jared Dizon always knew he wanted to work in healthcare, but realized he didn't want to be a nurse. After playing basketball in junior college for a year, Dizon decided the time was right to focus on something different when a friend mentioned being in...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Tyhjae Hunter, LVN

Tyhjae Hunter wanted to be a nurse for a long time, and now she is. Hunter said she decided to attend American Career College because she wanted to fast-track her career, and less than 18 months later, the recent vocational nursing grad is excited to...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Nava

After hearing about American Career College through a blood drive hosted by her previous employer, City of Hope, collogues inspired Jessica Nava to reach for her dreams and apply for the vocational nurse program. Now a graduate of ACC-Ontario, Nava is...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Bratton

Samantha Bratton has attended two career fairs at American Career College-Ontario. The first time was as a respiratory therapy student looking for work. The second time was as a recruiter looking to hire other ACC grads. Bratton graduated in September...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Hector Tovar, RDA

A lot has changed since the last time Hector Tovar visited the American Career College-Los Angeles campus, but some things never do. Since graduating from ACC more than a decade ago, Tovar has trained many new hires while working as a registered dental...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Marcus Wooten

The day of his cohort’s vocational nurse pinning ceremony was a significant moment for Marcus Wooten. But despite just completing 20 months of homework and long nights in the evening and weekend program, the American Career College-Ontario graduate...

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ACC Alumni Ready to 'Follow Their Dreams' After Spring 2018 Graduation

It was a big weekend for Jesus Matilla. On Friday, Matilla turned 50. On Saturday, he and nearly 1,000 graduates from American Career College celebrated the beginning of new health care careers at the 2018 Spring Graduation. Matilla said going back to...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Berenice Quinto

Berenice Quinto could take the heat, but she still wanted out of the kitchen. After high school, Quinto worked briefly as a cook in a restuarant but was unhappy and wanted a better career for herself. "I was working horrible hours, getting paid terrible....

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Bernadette Riggs

Bernadette Riggs doesn't want to be like everybody else. When things got tough in the surgical technology program at American Career College-Los Angeles, she would remind herself of that fact. "I would always just think about the expression 'If it was...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Leoncio Samala

Leoncio Samala went to great lengths to keep a promise. Two years ago, Samala told his cohort that he would cut his hair when they completed the radiography program at American Career College-Ontario. On Feb. 9, he and his cohort received their pins and...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Kristen Sakamoto

Kristen Sakamoto doesn't have to look far for inspiration. Nearly 10 years after graduating from American Career College-Orange County, Sakamoto still stops by campus to provide tips to surgical technology students and talk with instructors. During a...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Denise Carvajal

Denise Carvajal knew she couldn't provide the life she wanted for her family without more training, so — at age 32 — she did something she hadn't done in years. She went back to school. "I knew I had to start a career. I didn't just want a...

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ACC Alumni Spotlight: Victoria Galvan

While most children are afraid of the dentist office, Victoria Galvan wanted to work there. "I had braces in the third grade so once that experience happened I was just like, 'I want to be dental assistant,'" she said. "And my stepmom was also a dental...

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