ARC allowed me to become the first college graduate in my family, leading me to where I am today. The benefit I received from attending ARC goes beyond academics. The personal support ARC made available to me consistently made a positive impact on my life as a student and even now as an alum. I still attend ARC for courses needed to support my endeavors in my graduate programs. I have attended quite a few other colleges and not one operates at the level ARC does in regards to ensuring all signs point to a successful outcome. I get emotional thinking about the support I received to achieve my degrees and move on the four-year, etc. Initially, accounting was my major in 2001 although I had a strong interest in nursing. After a few semesters, I decided to change to nursing.
I settled in pre-nursing for quite a few years - plugging away at all the pre-requisites. Once I had all my pre-requisites a few years later, my interests changed to the laboratory side of healthcare. Through ARC's chemistry and biology courses, I learned that I enjoyed laboratory science more than nursing. The courses required for a B.S. in laboratory science program were easily fulfilled through ARC's science department. What I like best about ARC, besides the excellent academic environment, is the staff and faculty.
I attended ARC the following summer after I graduated from Walnutwood High School - Independent Study in spring of 2014. I completed all of my General Education and graduated from ARC in spring of 2016 with an AA degree in Social Science before transferring to Cal State East Bay. I love attending ARC because they have amazing professors there. Because my education is important to me, I've often talked to my teachers after my classes ended and I visited them during their office hours to ask additional questions. They were so willing to help me succeed in all of my classes and I got to develop great professional relationships with them. Also, Out of all four Los Rios College, ARC has the best swim team and I could see myself excel there. At the 2015 conference championship, I raced my heart out in the 100-butterfly final and when I touched the wall at the end of the race and looked up at the time board to see that I went 59 seconds - first time under a minute! It was a special moment for me. I truly believe if you push through those hard moments, then you will find yourself achieving things that were once thought impossible to accomplished.
I started ARC in 2011 and took part time classes because I work full time. I graduated ARC December of 2014 and transferred to Sacramento State in the spring of 2015. I majored in Psychology, but I did obtain my first Associates from Yuba College in 2001 in Art. I earned an AA-T at American River College. My compromise between the two? I have exceeding interest in art therapy. I love ARC for its connection with students. Its resources and flexibility to help students succeed in the classroom and beyond. The various programs that supplement classroom teaching such as Writing across the Curriculum [WAC]. For English studies, Math labs and workshops give real hands on free tutorial help. Some Professors may provide credits for attendance. on-site tutoring in the Learning Resources Center on a drop in or appointment basis was great. Coffee on campus is great too. ARC has helped me prepare for 4-year College, as I was able to gain most of my undergraduate general education by utilizing the AA to transfer path. My advice to students is to take advantage of re-entry programs, disability services, or connections to multi-cultural groups and programs. Empowerment is powerful and having the resources to succeed is empowering, so dream big and go for it.
One of the best things at ARC was all the resources available. I had to learn to be my own advocate and decide if playing video games or studying was the best choice. My dream is to be a coder for Google or Facebook and be part of their marketing team.
When I first started college, my major was Criminal Justice. I changed my major to general education at ARC. When I got to HNU I declare Multimedia Arts and Communications as my major. I later changed it one last time to Business Communications. I am currently an Officer for the California Highway Patrol. I graduated the academy in June 2017. After graduation, I was stationed in San Francisco. I really like the variety of classes ARC had to offer. ARC helped me succeed by providing a 4-year education level of professors at a 2-year college. I never felt as if the professors were "easy" just because it was a community college. ARC helped prepare me for my future by allowing me to play softball while getting and education. I learned to manage my time between the studying and the athletics. I advise current and future students to follow your dreams. The road is going to be tough but don't ever give up!
I was a student at ARC in the Diesel Technology program to obtain an Associate degree. American River College's stance towards the hands-on aspect to careers is what drew me to the college, as I perform best when I can see and feel what I am working on. I was able to get a job as an entry level technician at Coach USA thanks to the Diesel Tech program's help in getting my name out and in to the hands of employers.
ARC has prepared me for the future by providing education and professional skill set that gave me the courage to pursue higher education and to overcome life barriers including language, financial and social. I was guided by professors and counselors with patience and no judgement. As an emigrant student I felt welcomed, respected and supported. EOP&S was another service that contribute significantly to my success. Today I am a proud American citizen, a taxpayer and educator giving back to the ARC community that gave me everything unconditionally.
Taking social sciences classes at ARC, and later UC Berkeley, strengthened my analytical skills, reading comprehension, and writing skills that I continue to use on a daily basis. I was exposed to so many great professors that really cared about the success of their students. ARC allowed me to develop my leadership skills as the president of the Model United Nations Club on campus. My favorite part of ARC is their incredible faculty and the student life on campus. I was exposed to so many great professors that really cared about the success of their students. I felt prepared when I transferred to UC Berkeley because I was already exposed to performance expectations of professors at ARC. I also appreciated ARC's support for a vibrant student life on campus.
ARC made me feel like I was part of the community. I think if even I hadn't been on the [soccer] team, every professor I had at ARC was so friendly and so educated that I was constantly challenged. I was excited to go to classes and I felt supported, which is super important at a big community college like ARC. I've always been interested in government and I've always been a big reader and writer and I went into Political Science major because of Professor Collihan's class and I really loved it. When I first started at ARC I wanted to be a dentist so I was taking a lot of science classes, which I knew I didn't have a greatest passion for. It was good to realize I'm not good at everything and I really need to focus on what I was good at and figure out a way to excel in that area. Thankfully, taking that political science class with Professor Collihan opened that door for me and I realized that I loved that area and I knew I could do well in making that first step towards that goal.
I took general education courses at ARC and subsequently graduated with a BS degree in Accounting (1971) and MS degree in Management Information Science (1977) at California State University, Sacramento. I'm retired from a twenty-eight (28) year career in California State government from 1977 through 2006. Co-incident to my state career, I completed a twenty-two (22) year career in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve that included six (6) years of active duty. During my state career, I taught part time for California State University, Sacramento, American River College and Sacramento City College. All three aforementioned careers were due my knowledge in business, computers and information technology. In my "semi-retirement state "since 2006, I've been working
part time as an adjunct professor for a for-profit university and Sacramento City College. I also do small business consulting. Don't be afraid of new opportunities and to leave Sacramento to pursue your life and career aspirations. If things aren't to your liking, you can always come back to Sacramento. My past military experiences exposed me to other parts of the United States and some foreign countries/cultures.
I'm most proud of graduating from ARC and am even more proud every single time I catch myself speaking on something that I learned in one of my classes or being able to share advice given to me by one of my professors. ARC helped me learn about inclusiveness and the importance of having support to achieve your goals. Community colleges should NEVER be a fallback option, but even in some cases, someone's first choice! While I can't speak for all community colleges in the area, I can for sure speak for this college and all of the wonderful things it has to offer! For students that are like me, not knowing exactly where they want to see themselves in the future, I would say that ARC is an excellent opportunity to try new things, branch out, take a bunch of different types of classes, and see what sparks your interest! I was told once that "Community college is like a buffet" and what’s better than loading up your plate with every option they have!
I currently have two internships that are both remote because of my impending move to Santa Cruz. One of them is an unpaid internship at Solar Cookers International that I received largely due to being the president of ARC's Model United Nations Club. I help write international policy, oral statements, input sensitive paperwork, and create marketing strategies for Solar Cookers International. The most important part of my success in ARC were the clubs. In the last two years at ARC I had the privilege of becoming a cabinet member of Model United Nations and then the president for my last year. ARC prepared me for my future by teaching me to persevere.
My major is Social Work and my dream is to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Undoubtedly, the Student Services personnel make the college stand out from other educational institutions. For me, CalWORKs is the program that changed my life completely. It helped me to believe in myself, and it became the second family that gave me love, great friends, and needed skills to grow in my future career. I'm thankful for all Student Services departments and I really appreciate their help. However, CalWORKs will always have a special part in my heart. Thank You, CalWORKs!