“I enrolled at DVC to save money as well as take time to figure out what I wanted to do, gain more experience and work on my mental health,” said Hawthorne “Zack” Girodie, who graduated from DVC in 2023. Girodie earned his associate in arts in early childhood education as well as a certificate of achievement in special education fundamentals.
In March 2023, Jose Gonzalez was let go from his job because he needed shoulder surgery. After the surgery, he knew there would be a long road to recovery. “I felt stagnant, impatient, and sad at not being able to do everyday things that I could do before. I went back to college to learn, grow and shake those feelings,” said Gonzalez.
“When I was working my very first job in the insurance industry, I got a devastating call from my mom. She told me she had cancer,” said Johanna Arroliga, insurance/real estate agent owner of XIX Insurance Group Services. ““Immediately life changed for me.
When Cullen Guydon-Off arrived at DVC, he felt he really didn’t understand what it meant to be a student. “I didn’t have a positive experience in high school and my environment felt like a dead end. I’m glad I was able to find DVC and follow a path to what would be best for my future,” said Guydon-Off.
Andrea Madison had worked in retail management and hospitality for many years, but something nagged at her. She had always dreamt of becoming a writer. Just before her 30th birthday, Madison decided she was ready to make a change and pursue her life-long passion. She enrolled at DVC as a journalism major.