[West Programs] Keeping Motivated: Anthony's Story

Friday, June 05, 2015

RCC-Grads-against-Red-Curtain-with-Diplomas-2007Anthony was taken out of parental custody at age nine and placed in a foster home, only to be kicked out of the home at age 15. During the next two years, he stayed anywhere he could, spending a lot of time alone on the street. He did not attend school very often and fell far behind his peers.

In the spring of 2010, Anthony enrolled in Gateway to College at Riverside City College. He was 17 years old and had just over half of the number of high school credits he needed to graduate. Since then, Anthony has earned over 100 high school credits and 25 college units while more than doubling his GPA. “Having this much individual attention and information about resources as well as having the opportunity to earn dual credit has helped keep me motivated,” says Anthony. He has balanced school success with diverse working experiences, including work at RCC as a math tutor and in the CTE Department. Anthony was also a guest speaker for the Youth Education and Motivation Program at a local middle school. His final project for Guidance 47 was featured on the Road Trip Nation website.

Anthony plans to continue his studies at RCC and then transfer to a four-year institution to earn his bachelor’s degree. “Gateway to College has completely changed my perspective. I now understand how school and my future connect, and I’m optimistic about what lies ahead.”

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