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Graduation Initiative Counselors

 

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Celia Arroyo

Counseling

 

How many years have you been employed at El Camino College Compton?

22

Where did you get your BS/BA degree?

Ms. Arroyo received her BS/BA at California State University Dominguez Hills

Where did you get your Master's degree?

California State University Dominguez Hills

Where did you work before coming to El Camino College Compton?

In LAUSD Ms. Arroyo's work was Bilingual Aide from grades 2nd-5th. In California State University of Bakersfield Ms. arroyo was a Tutor/adviser for Mathematics, Engineering and Science, Achievement programs (MESA). 1986 worked for California State University Dominguez Hills as an Outreach counselor, served High school and Compton Community College. 

Why did you choose this career?

I love and enjoy working in the educational system because i see the success of my students and also because it has been my dream come true.

What advice do you have for students to be successful?

My Advice to students to become successful is to dream high and plan ahead; it is very important to become familiar and utilize every support resources available on campus and also to create and demonstrate the skills and qualities they have been acquired in the classroom.

 

   

 

 

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Dr. French-Preston,
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NURSING COUNSELOR

 

 

How many years have you been employed at El Camino College Compton Center?

I have worked at El Camino College Compton Center for 28 years, since 1986.

Where did you get your BS/BA degree?

I received the BA degree from Alabama state University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Where did you get your Master's degree?

I received the Masters of Arts in Education from the University of South Alabama. The Ed.S. and E.d.D from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. Other studies at the University of Miami. 

Where did you work before coming to El Camino College Compton Center?

Prior to El Camino College Compton Center, I worked at Stillman College for 14 years as a Counselor and Administrator.

Why did you choose this career? 

I choose my career as an educator to work with youth to empower them to reach their full potential in life. I have always been outgoing with a passion to communicate and assist others. I like to be creative and innovative in solving problems and think ahead in making decisions. Teaching and counselor provide a support system for students that promote them to be self seekers in discovering their talents and abilities.

What advice do you have for students to be successful?

My advice for students to be successful is to be motivated and passionate about their goal in life. In order to be motivated, students must be committed and dedicated to what they want to do, believe in themselves and utilize all opportunities available to them. Students must always use pros and cons to make choices in their life rather than emotions. College offers many great opportunities for students to take different paths to reach their educational goal. It provides them with strategies and services to enable them to excel and be creative. While in college, students are able to have role models, experiences, and challenges that force them to see the greatness within themselves.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Joseph L. Lewis

Student Services Advisor

 

How many years have you been employed at El Camino College Compton Center?

15 years of service

Where did you get your BS/BA degree?

Double BA Degree:  Sociology and Economics from UC Santa Barbara

Where did you get your Master's degree?

Master of Science Degree in Human Services/Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College, School of Human Services

Doctoral Degree in Education/Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University

Where did you work before coming to El Camino College Compton Center?

Executive Director of a Non-Profit Organization called Sunrise Youth Service Center, Inc. providing youth leadership development services in the city of Compton and in Los Angeles

Why did you choose this career? 

Education and human services has always been a passion of mine; and because of that, I chose to work in the community college system in order to assist young people to achieve their "Right of Passage" academic experience and transfer to a four year college or university, and/or acquire vocational training in preparation to join the work force.  In essence, it's almost like a progressive youth and adult enrichment center, much like what I did before.

What advice do you have for students to be successful?

My advice to students is simple: Sacrifice breeds success.  Acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful contributor to your family and society requires some sacrifices.  But when it is all said and done, understand that with knowledge comes power, and with power comes great responsibility.  Always consider the abundance of possibilities, and most importantly, remain humble.

 
   

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