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The Valley College Connection
49 minutes | May 24, 2021
Luis Cabrera – Outreach & Mentoring Coordinator for Science/Engineering/Nursing Students
In high school, Luis joined Upper Bound which helped him navigate his way from South Central to UC Irvine. Now he is building a career on helping those same students navigate STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) careers at LAVC. Produced/Edited by Lisa Darrow
55 minutes | May 17, 2021
Chauncey Maddren, Associate Professor of Music; Academic Senate President
Listen to Chauncey’s uplifting decades-long journey of starting at LAVC as a music major, working at every level of the college, until eventually becoming a tenured faculty and President of the Academic Senate.
66 minutes | Nov 21, 2020
Dr. Ron Mossler – Chair of the Psychology Department
Ever wonder what you can do with a Marriage and Family Counseling Master's? Join our conversation with Ron Mossler as he describes his journey through graduate school at CSUN and UCLA and a rich career including his own counseling practice, textbook writing, research, and teaching. Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas
53 minutes | Nov 14, 2020
Sabrina Luna - LAVC Alumna/UC Berkeley Student/Philosophy Major
How do you go from learning the multiplication table to UC Berkley? You do it one step at a time. Listen to Sabrina’s journey to Berkley and the advice she was given every step of the way from family and faculty.
36 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Last year Yale announced a class on Happiness, and it was mobbed by thousands of students who wanted to enroll. Scott and John talk about the science of how to be happy in the face of the challenges of college.
50 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Miguel Sandoval, EOPS Counselor
Sometimes you just don’t look like you belong in school. Once in while you get a teacher who will tell you so to your face. Meet Miguel, whose hustle and character changed that teacher’s mind.
54 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
Meghan Gaynor Cason – Librarian and Faculty
Sometimes what you need in life is a group of friends that help push you to find your potential. Meghan met those friends in roller derby. Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas
51 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
Howard Levine-Professor of Accounting
Join us as we learn the breadth and depth of what doors an accounting degree/CPA license opens as we follow Howard story at a Big 8 accounting firm, as an entrepreneur of his own accounting company and as tenured faculty. Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas
38 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Amber Angel – LA Valley/CSUN Alumni –Family Resource Center Coordinator
When the US Department of Education, The Aspen Institute, and the Atlantic Magazine wanted some advice on how to provide better campus support for students who are also parents, they asked Amber Angel. Find out how her role starting as a student mentor with the LAVC’s Family Resource Center gave her a national profile as an advocate for parents in colleges.
37 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
A Conversation about the George Floyd Protests
Dr. Llanet Martin (Associate Dean of Student Services), Scott Weigand (Director of the Academic Resource Center, and Dr. John Kawai (Math Professor) talk about the George Floyd protests and issues of equity on campus.
52 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
Dr. Annie Reed--Associate Dean of Student Services
Suppose you do something wrong on campus, who exactly is going to have a conversation with you? Meet Dr. Annie Reed, our administrator who helps arbitrate between what is fair and not fair between students and faculty on campus. Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas
54 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
Florentino Manzano, Vice President of Student Services
As a young teen, Florentino followed the crops picking fruit/vegetables from California to Mexico and back. His lifelong aspirational community advocacy has been the stabilizing soul of the LA Valley College administration. Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas
49 minutes | May 11, 2020
Jonathan Arnold Esq. – Director of Extension
Jonathan Arnold Esq. – Director of Extension at Los Angeles Valley College What can a major based on studying the 50 great historic works of literature lead to? Oxford Law School, international corporate law for the aerospace industry, trustee of the local bar association, and now LA Valley College. Meet Johnathan Arnold who is not only the heart and soul of our paralegal program but also human resources and our entire offering of extension courses. Find out why our extension program is the fastest way to jump-start a student’s career. Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas
53 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
Ellie Rabani, Director of CalWORKS
Hungry? Ellie saw that too many students on campus have food insecurity. She decided to partner local farmers markets and schools to give away organic food to students every week on the LA Valley campus. Find out what making a difference at scale looks like.
46 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
Scott Weigand – Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC)
Imagine floating between jobs, careers and different colleges. How did a career challenge focus Scott’s life to one of supporting and building up faculty, students, and peers? Here the story behind one of the podcast’s hosts, Scott Weigand.
52 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
Dr. Erika Endrijonas, Former President of Los Angeles Valley College
Ever wondered about the path to becoming a college president? Meet Dr. Erika Endrijonas, former LAVC President and now Superintendent/President at Pasadena City College. Listen to her journey that details her path from undergraduate school to being engaged in transformative work across different colleges in support of student success. Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas
49 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
April Forest, LA Valley/Pitzer College Alumni
LA Valley/Pitzer College Alumni (Warning mature topics and words used) How does a single mom without straight A’s get an elite private college to pay for her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and travel to research in Africa, Puerto Rico and Asia? What kind of person does Pitzer College want to invest in? Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas
62 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
Dr. Darby Southgate, Sociology Professor
Have you ever fantasized about sneaking out of your house and hanging out with rock stars in the local clubs? As a kid, Darby Southgate lived that fantasy. Hear her story as she details her passion for music and the path that ultimately led her to pursue an academic career as a sociologist focused on teaching, publishing and research.
67 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
Clive Gordon, Career Counselor
Follow Clive’s story of selling fruit on the streets of Belize to traveling Europe in service of our country to becoming a career counselor who helps students find a professional direction in their lives.
84 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
Dr. John Kawai – Assistant Professor of Mathematics
John Kawai – Assistant Professor of Mathematics "Ever felt desperate? How do you recover from a career-ending disability? How do you find a new career at 40 after being sidelined for 10 years? Hear the story of one of our podcast’s host’s hustle to find a way out of his mal-employment hole."
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