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News Release - January 5, 2007
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Financial Aid Part of Graduate’s Successful Career

Juan Orozco Ukiah, CA – Juan Orozco, who works as the Health & Human Services program specialist at Nuestra Casa in Ukiah, recently agreed to serve on the Mendocino College EOPS, CARE, CalWORKs Advisory Committee.  It means another meeting, but Orozco happily joined to ensure that current Mendocino College students receive the same level of support from these valuable programs that he did as a student.    
“My dreams would not have come true without financial aid and support from the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) at Mendocino College,” states Orozco.  In 1986, Orozco began attending Mendocino College as an English as a Second Language (ESL) student, taking basic skills classes such as auto mechanics and how to become CPR certificated.   He enrolled in an aeronautics class, which proved too difficult as an ESL student learning the language.
Orozco had no idea what career he wanted to pursue, until the adult school director in Anderson Valley, Barbara Goodell, helped him get his priorities straight. She taught him how to set goals and then take steps to achieve them.  She advised him to apply for financial aid at the college and suggested he work with a college counselor to set his career goals.  At the time it seemed almost impossible to Orozco that he could accomplish these things with his very limited English language skills, but he was persistent enough to take one step at a time and to seek the support of the Mendocino College staff.  
He made very good use of services provided in the EOPS program. This program is designed to provide above and beyond services to educationally disadvantaged students.  Orozco said they provided so much help he felt as if he had his own personal counselor and career advisor. Orozco was able to purchase some of his books with an EOPS book voucher, which was a major assistance. He encourages all Mendocino College students to find out if they qualify for financial aid or any of the other incredible programs offered for free at the college and take advantage of them.  
Other programs offered at the college include CalWORKs, College Assistance for Migrants Program (CAMP), Cooperative Resources for Education (program for single parent students), MiniCorps, High School Equivalency Program (HEP), and the Disability Resource Center. For all students, the college offers free services including counseling, career exploration, transfer assistance, and tutoring.
Orozco is very proud to say that he is the recipient of a Mendocino College Associate Degree in Liberal Studies (2000) that led him to earn a Bachelors degree from Sonoma State University (2005). He is currently completing his studies at Dominican University to become a certified elementary school teacher.
The encouragement he received from Goodell to explore the various sources of support, and the skills she taught him regarding setting goals and taking steps to achieve them, set Orozco’s feet on a path of learning and personal growth that has led to his success. Financial aid has been, and still is, the means for him to pay for the greater part of his education.
Orozco worked at Mendocino County Office of Education for 10 years in the Alternative Education Program. A year ago, he join Nuestra Casa as their Health & Human Services program specialist.
Orozco hopes every student will seek out financial aid and additional support from the wide range of student services offered at Mendocino College.  To schedule a free counseling appointment to learn more about these programs, call 468-3048. Additional information is online at <> .

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Created: January 05, 2007 @ 12:20 PM
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