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2019 Alumni Stories

ACC Graduate Spotlight: Christopher Ford

Christopher Ford never attended a career fair to look for a job. The October 2019 medical assistant graduate from American Career College-Ontario was hired out of externship and hasn't looked back. Despite finding work before he completed his schooling,...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Derrick Clark

If Derrick Clark could go through the vocational nursing program at American Career College-Los Angeles all over again, he would find that perfect "Goldilocks zone" of study and sleep. "I think I could have done a lot better and it would have been...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Kirstyn Warren

After graduating from college in Ohio in 2016, Kirstyn Warren moved to California to figure out what she wanted to do next. "There were just so many more opportunities and jobs and things to do out here than my little town in Ohio," Warren said. "Being...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Grace Barbor

A lot of students at American Career College struggle to find the right combination of working full time and going back to school. Grace Barbor was not one of those students. "I couldn't do it. I like to do multiple projects at one time, but getting through...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Odra Miller

Odra Miller was teaching at a preschool in Oklahoma City when she felt like she needed a change. She decided to move back to her home state of California and used the new environment as an opportunity to do something new. Becoming a nurse was something...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Ashley Chacon

Nursing runs deep in Ashley Chacon's family. "My parents were both nurses, my grandmother was a nurse, even my great-grandmother was the village healer in Romania. It's in my blood," Chacon said. "But it is also a stable job. There is always a need for...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Yelda Dayat-Sanchez

Yelda Dayat-Sanchez's journey to get her vocational nursing license was full of trials and tribulations but she wouldn't have it any other way. "I used to be homeless," she said. "I had to do what I had to do to survive but I made some bad decisions and...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Juan Meza

After a decade as a certified nursing assistant, Juan Meza was ready to take the next step. But before he could advance in his healthcare career as a vocational nurse, Meza needed to do one more thing -- namely, finish high school. "I grew up in South...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Lissette Gabriel

Lissette Gabriel said she usually felt nervous before visiting clinical sites as a vocational nursing student at American Career College-Ontario. Except, she said, during her obstetrics rotation at East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital. Maybe it was because...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Destinee Garrett

One night at work, Destinee Garrett decided to do a little research into her future. During her shift as a hospital nursing assistant, Garrett asked nine co-workers about their jobs. She wanted to learn who was the most satisfied with their work...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Jessica Marquez

Jessica Marquez thought she had chosen the right career path when life took a different turn. In the span of three months, both of her parents fell ill and she cared for them. That's when she caught the healthcare bug. "I had zero background in healthcare...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Marcel Hawkins

After graduating from high school, Marcel Hawkins set his sights on becoming a respiratory therapist. He grew up watching his parents work in the medical field and wanted to do the same. "RT is just so rewarding," he said. "I get to be right there at...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Brianna Williams

Brianna Williams tried to ignore her calling, but it didn’t work. After graduating from college, Williams worked a variety of jobs, including being a teacher and an accountant but didn’t want to make a career out of either of them. It wasn’t...

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ACC Graduate Spotlight: Tumaini Sabali

Everyone told Tumaini Sabali becoming a nurse would not be easy. Too bad she didn't believe them. Sabali can laugh about it now that she's graduated from American Career College's vocational nurse program in Los Angeles. But when she first started the...

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