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Working Learner Advisory Council Members

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Council Members

Christopher Casanovas

Chris-C

One of my long-term goals is to have my own business and pay it forward to the community—to help those who don’t have the help that I had.

 

  • Age: 23
  • City: Coral Springs, FL
  • Hometown: Passaic, NJ
  • Area of interest: Electrical engineering

 

Nicholas D’Antonio

Nick-D

As a member of the council, I want to drive a conversation that focuses on non-traditional education pathways and how they can be improved.

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  • Age: 21
  • City: Washington D.C.
  • Hometown: Cherry Hills, NJ
  • Area of interest: Manufacturing

 

Anthony Davis

Anthony-D

When I think about being a working learner, I see plenty of obstacles and challenges, but nothing feels better than overcoming them.

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  • Age: 19
  • City: Roseburg, OR
  • Hometown: Sacramento, CA
  • Area of interest: Anthropology

 

Nicholas Gerber

Nick-G

Working and learning go hand in hand. And being both a worker and a learner has allowed me to foster new skills and learn about my occupational preferences.

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  • Age: 20
  • City: Worcester, MA
  • Hometown: Santa Fe, NM
  • Areas of interest: Political science, fashion design

 

Yadira Gurrola

Yadira

Growing up in a Hispanic community, people thought I would never amount to anything, that I would drop out of school and not go to college. I made it my mission to make them eat their words.

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  • Age: 19
  • City: Chadron, NE
  • Hometown: Scottsbluff, NE
  • Area of interest: Social work

 

Alan Jimenez

Alan-J

It’s not easy, but anybody can overcome adversity. You just have to allow yourself to dream, and ignore the voices that tell you you’re incapable.

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  • Age: 29
  • City: Bucyrus, OH
  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • Area of interest: Electrical engineering

 

Morgan Lamborn

Morgan

Education comes in all forms. And in today’s world, every person has to find their own way to make it work.

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  • Age: 26
  • City: Gainesville, FL
  • Hometown: Lake Placid, FL
  • Areas of interest: Business, higher education

 

Noreen Lopez

Noreen

I am now prepared not just to continue my education, but to grow. Experience in the workplace has made me more respectful of the power an education can have when applied across all facets of one’s life.

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  • Age: 27
  • City: Las Cruces, NM
  • Hometown: Las Cruces, NM
  • Areas of interest: Sociology, public sector

 

David Payne

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Whenever you’re changing other people’s lives, there’s satisfaction in that…I’m putting the focus on other people, and seeing how I can help them.

 

  • Age: 29
  • City: Duquesne, PA
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Areas of interest: Plumbing, ministry

 

Thierry Pierre-Charles

Thierry

I think it’s important for all working learners, especially those just starting college or attempting to go back to college, to know you’re not the only person who’s struggling. There are others, and they’ve moved forward.

 

  • Age: 21
  • City: Amherst, MA
  • Hometown: Miramar, FL
  • Area of interest: Healthcare

 

Jennifer Quaye

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College is only an option, and it’s not better or worse than any other. And you need to fully understand all of your options before deciding what you’re going to do for the rest of your life.

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  • Age: 23
  • City: New Haven, CT
  • Hometown: New Haven, CT
  • Area of interest: School counseling

 

David Rivera

David-R

I don’t want to wake up every day hating my job and knowing I am stuck there with dim future prospects. I want something to look forward to besides 5 o’clock.

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  • Age: 19
  • City: Lubbock, TX
  • Hometown: Austin, TX
  • Area of interest: Public sector

 

Krista Scott

Krista

In many cases, the challenges and opportunities I have faced outside of the classroom have contributed more to my knowledge than any lecture or book passage ever could have.

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  • Age: 27
  • City: Gainesville, FL
  • Hometown: Columbia, SC
  • Area of interest: Higher education

 

Jody Stroble

Jody

Traditional forms of education are important, but you should always strive to do a little self-educating. Knowledge is a tool.

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  • Age: 29
  • City: Claremore, OK
  • Hometown: Claremore, OK
  • Areas of interest: Higher education, sports management

 

Landon Taylor

Landon

I’ve had to take a slower path through school. But guess what, I’ve got as much life experience and actual work experience as the guy with the Ph.D.

 

  • Age: 23
  • City: Huntington Beach, CA
  • Hometown: Oakland, CA
  • Area of interest: Communications

 

Josephine Villanueva

Josephine

Life satisfaction, when I think about it, is thinking of what makes you feel alive and actually pursuing it.

 

  • Age: 29
  • City: San Jose, CA
  • Hometown: San Jose, CA
  • Area of interest: Education

 

 

Crystal Wallace

Crystal

It takes dedication, time, and energy to gain an education outside the workplace. For those who can, it’s worth it. For those who can’t? They’re the ones we’re going to spend the next year working for.

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  • Age: 26
  • City: Raleigh, NC
  • Hometown: Roxboro, NC
  • Area of interest: Higher education

 

Sage Zephier

Sage

Just going to college and graduating would be life satisfaction for me. In my community, it’s a big deal if a Native American goes to college.

 

  • Age: 20
  • City: Wagner, SD
  • Hometown: Wagner, SD
  • Areas of interest: National Guard, military service
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