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First workshop: Careers in Education Panel
When: May 8, 2020 at 10:00 am
Where: Zoom

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Get insight into how to enter careers in Education. Join us to hear from professionals in the field and how they obtained their positions.
Our guest speakers will be:
  •  Dr. Debbie Schroeder K-12 Teacher; School Principal; Founder of GOALS Academy Charter School
  • Pedro Alvarez  Graduate Student in Counseling for Higher Education
  • Santiago Sandoval  Graduate Student for Educational Leadership
  • Alejandra Ayala- Speech Pathologist; San Gabriel/ Pomona Regional Center
  • Jessica Alvarez- EOPS/CARE Counselor at Glendale Community College
  • Rosa Romero  K-12 Spanish Teacher, Diamond Bar High School
  • Dr. Vanessa Ochoa  Professor/ Associate Dean at East Los Angeles College

Debbie Schroeder has a Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Educational Psychology, both from California State University, Long Beach & a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Debbie Schroeder holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, and Administrative Credential. For 30 years, Debbie Schroeder served in various roles in the traditional school setting in the Irvine Unified School District and Anaheim Elementary School District (i.e., teacher, curriculum specialist, vice principal, principal, and director). Upon retiring, Debbie Schroeder decided to co-create a strength-based charter school called GOALS Academy, which is located in Central Anaheim. This is Debbie’s passion project, and she hopes to continue this work for many more years to come. Work does not feel like work when it is something you love to do.

Rosa Romero received her AA in Language and Communications from Mt. Sac, Bachelor's & Credential in Spanish from Cal Poly Pomona. She is currently working on her Master's in Education (Curriculum and instruction) at Cal Poly Pomona.  She is currently a Spanish teacher for Levels 1 &2 at Diamond Bar High School-Walnut Valley USD.  In the past, she  taught (Spanish) at Mountain View High School in El Monte. Prior to that, she was an Avid Tutor for intermediate school for Rowland Unified School District.  She was also a private tutor for ELL elementary students.

Pedro Alvarez is  from Pomona, California, and graduated from Ganesha High School. Pedro Alvarez started his educational journey at Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) as an Engineering major. Pedro Alvarez was there for a few years while working a full-time job and realized that this was not my passion anymore. Pedro Alvarez then decided to completely focus on school and shift careers and completed my A.A. in Social Behavioral Science from Mt. SAC and transferred to Cal State, Dominguez Hills where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. While he was completing my undergraduate degree, he started working as a college tutor at Ganesha High School and decided to apply to graduate school to pursue my degree in college counseling. Pedro Alvarez completed my M.S., College Counseling in Student Development from Azusa Pacific University (APU) this semester. During his two years as a graduate student, he worked as a Success Coach for the Upward Bound Program at APU, a Pathways Coach for Pasadena City College, and a Success Coach at Rio Hondo College. Balancing these positions while being a full-time college student was definitely challenging but very rewarding. As a current graduate, Pedro Alvarez is preparing to enter a new phase of the workforce and is looking forward to this.

Alejandra Ayala is currently working as a Coordinator, Early Interventionist and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant for California Pediatrics & Family Services, an agency contracted through the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center. Her goal as a therapist is to help children meet their overall developmental/ Speech and language goals before aging out of the program. Her educational journey started at UC Riverside and after a year as an “Undeclared major” she decided to major in “Communicative Disorders”.  She then transferred out to Mt. San Antonio College in which then transferred out to California State University Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2013 and continued a Post-Baccalaureate program to receive her registration as a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant. She is currently working towards applying for a Master’s program in Communicative Science to become a licensed Speech and Language  Therapist.

Jessica Alvarez is from La Puente, California and graduated from La Puente High School. She is a first-generation college student and earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and then received my M.S. in Counseling; Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) from the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). During her undergraduate, she worked as a Residential Advisor and Tutor for the Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Upward Bound Program. This is where she was able to really get a glimpse of the work that her mentors were able to do which was incredibly inspiring to her, that is when she knew that she wanted to work with college students. She then decided to apply to graduate school after speaking to her mentors at Mt. SAC. And asked them how they got to where they were and told her about the SDHE program at CSULB. Once in the program, she worked for the High School Outreach office at Mt. SAC and as a Pathways Coach at Pasadena City College (PCC). Once she received her counseling degree, she was hired as an Adjunct Counselor at Mt. SAC, PCC, and Cypress College. She worked as a General Counselor, a Probation Counselor, and a few other roles including teaching for two years. She then started the application process for full-time counseling positions and was offered a position as a full-time, tenure-track EOPS counselor at Glendale Community College (GCC). She is completing her second year at GCC this year where she also has the opportunity to teach and sit on a few committees such as the AB 540 Committee where she gets to connect with students and advocate for them.


Second workshop: Mindfulness & Meditation
When: May 8, 2020 at 12:00 noon
Where: Zoom
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Learn how to relax and de-stress from our busy thoughts. Our guest expert on mindfulness will share practices for mindfulness, reflection and developing our capacity to feel and connect with ourselves and each other! Learn how to relax and de-stress from our busy thoughts, how to use our mind to help our nervous systems relax, the practice of living in the moment and accepting life, connecting to your inner wisdom and trusting yourself, the difference between thoughts and reality, letting go of situations and mind patterns no longer serving you, the value of self-reflection and cultivating our relationship with ourselves, and cultivating our loving  heart to meet ourselves and our community with empathy, compassion and love.

If you need disability-related accommodations or services such as sign language interpreter, note taker, captioning, etc., please contact the EOPS/CARE department’s Program Specialist, Kaitlyn Yrineo at, or at (909) 334–2796 at least 5 days in advance of the Zoom meeting. If you have any questions regarding the workshops please reach out to Kaitlyn Yrineo at, or at (909) 334–2796.

Third workshop: Career Exploration Panel
When: May 15, 2020 at 10:00 am
Where: Zoom
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Our guest speakers will be as follows:

Diego Ramirez, Civil EngineerDiego Ramirez’s experience in construction management spans over a decade. Currently, he is a Project Manager for Morley Builders, where he has successfully helped his team complete parking structures, mixed-use multi-family housing, and both educational and institutional projects throughout Los Angeles. Diego completed his Master of Science. in Civil Engineering (MSCE) Construction Engineering and Management from USC and his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) Structural from USC. 

Michael Golight, Computer EngineerUC Irvine - B.S. in Information and Computer Science - 2007 Princeton University - Ph.D. candidate, M.A. in Computer Science - 2010 Michael is a software engineer that joined The Echo Nest, a music intelligence startup company, in 2013 that was acquired by Spotify in 2014. Michael currently work on voice, helping to power the results you get when you say ""play baby shark". Michael previously worked as the technical lead on building Spotify's Related Artists dataset that powers "Fans Also Like “in the app.

 Angelica Hernandez, Construction Design Engineer, OHL USA

Enoc Hernandez, Mechanical Engineer  

Please view the flyer below with our online workshops that will be all in the month of May. You may register for the workshop using the QR code(s) on the flyer.Workshops