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Remarkable Ventura County Graduates Triumph Over Adversity
For some students, high school graduation is a given. Others face a variety of obstacles that can put a diploma out of reach, no matter how badly they want it. But for nearly every challenge, there is a student who has found the inner strength to persevere. In this edition of Focus on Education, we're excited to introduce you to local graduates who have overcome challenges - some large, some small - to reach their goal of high school graduation.
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Difficult Home Life Can't Stop this Student from Reaching His Dreams
Alex Gonzalez had just started his freshman year at Simi Valley High School when he found out his mom, dad and little sister would all be leaving the country while he stayed behind and lived at a friend's house. It was part of the process for his mom to become a US resident and it was only supposed to last for three weeks.
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Four High Schools in Four Years – How She Found the Right Fit
Amara Baker's road to high school graduation has been anything but ordinary. Her journey has taken her from Santa Susana High School to an international school in Italy to a year of home schooling and finally to one of Ventura County's most unusual public high schools.
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Princeton-bound Grad Credits Unique School with Helping her Succeed
Sowon Lee's lucky number came up four years ago when she was selected to attend Foothill Technology High School in Ventura. Admission to Foothill is through a random lottery and there are always more students who want to attend than spots available.
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First-Generation College Student is Headed from Santa Paula to UC Berkeley
Mauricio Gonzalez's father earns a living picking crops and his mom cleaning hotel rooms. It's hard work that's paying off as they prepare to watch their son graduate from Santa Paula High School and enroll at one of the nation's top universities.
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Getting Girls into Technology is Personal for this Talented Grad
Technology and art are two of Sabrina Stone's biggest passions. As a student at Oak Park High School, she found a way to combine those interests along with her desire to encourage more girls to pursue careers in technology.
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After Fleeing Violence in Mexico, this Graduate is Top of Her Class
Angeles Montalvo was fifteen years old when her father was kidnapped and robbed near their home in Mexico. That prompted her parents to make the difficult decision to uproot the family and relocate to Oxnard.
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Career Education and College Prep are a Perfect Combo for this Student
Bouncing from welding and auto body classes to AP and honors courses is all in a typical week for Maxim Yalch. The Thousand Oaks High School senior will be attending Cal Lutheran in the fall, but being on the college track didn't stop him from taking advantage of career-related classes in subjects he's passionate about.
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Social and Emotional Support Helped Her Overcome the Odds
It was her sophomore year at Adolfo Camarillo High School and things weren't going well for Bethany Ochoa. Difficulties in her personal life had her struggling with depression, getting involved with drugs and ditching class. The idea of graduating from high school seemed like an impossible dream.
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$4.3 Million Grant to Enhance Career Education in Ventura County
Career technical education (CTE) programs for Ventura County middle and high school students will continue thanks to a major new grant awarded to the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE). In a highly competitive process, VCOE received a grant of $4,334,427 from the State of California. The grant is part of the “K12 Strong Workforce Program” administered through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office – Division of Workforce and Economic Development in p...
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