English major, UC-Riverside
Before you know it, Gina Guerrero will graduate in December from UC-Riverside with a bachelor’s in English Literature. Even though she transferred from Mt. SAC, she never lost her connection with the school. “I’m still connected to people at Mt. SAC,” says Gina, a 40-year-old mother of six who has her sights focused on teaching high school. “It’s just so amazing after all this time.” Before Gina first enrolled at Mt. SAC, she was homeless and in an abusive relationship. But she saw a light at the end of tunnel and began taking a few classes. “Going to college changes your life drastically, and going to Mt. SAC completely changed my life,” she says. Gina says her success wouldn’t be possible without the help she got from such student support services as the Re-Entry Center, CalWORKs, and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). With determination and a little help, she made it through the first half of her college experience. Soon Gina will embark on her career path, with some promising prospects in the works. But she’ll never forget her Mt. SAC connections. “They’re just like family to me,” she says.