Focus on Student Success: Kymberlee Wallace

Kymberlee WallaceKymberlee Wallace is on track to graduate from ECC Compton Center with an associate degree in May. With aspirations of opening her own pediatric clinic in the future, Wallace plans to transfer to California State University, Long Beach this fall to major in sociology and pre-medicine. A graduate of Compton High School, she chose to attend Compton Center because the location is close to home and allows for an easy commute.

Wallace enrolled in the First Year Experience (FYE) program upon her graduation from high school, and says she thoroughly enjoyed participating in the program. “It was uplifting because I learned what to do at a college and how to take the right classes,” said Wallace. “The FYE program has amazing teachers and counselors. One instructor helped build my confidence as a student by working with me to identify my strengths.”

Having the opportunity to build relationships with instructors is one thing Wallace likes most about attending ECC Compton Center. “I like that our interactions with the instructors help students make connections with someone who has already accomplished their educational goals.” She appreciates the fact that instructors and students are able to network and establish connections that can benefit students for years to come.

She also finds the smaller campus makes it easier to build relationships with other students. “I believe that college is about networking and meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures, and you can do that here.”

Wallace, who is the Commissioner of Financial Aid in the Associated Student Body (ASB), ran for office to not only gain a new experience, but to also help out fellow students and encourage them to apply for scholarships. She also uses her leadership role to encourage students to be more active at Compton Center and within the community.

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