Category: Feature Story

Undocumented Student Action Week Takes Wing in North Orange

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December 01, 2020. The monarch butterfly defies the limits of what is possible. The humble insect travels a staggering 3,000 miles across North America as it migrates, its entire journey spanning three or four generations of butterflies. An icon of beauty, strength, and resilience, the monarch has also become an emblem of freedom adopted by …


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Education at Work: Project SEARCH Opens Doors to Employment for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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October 29, 2020. Cruz Segoviano played it cool when he found out he had landed a job as an environmental service worker at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Inside, though, it was like his soul had been set free. “My inspiration is freedom,” says Segoviano, who started work on September 28 after a yearlong internship …


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Gearing Up for Growth with New Garden Grove Director M’Liss Patterson

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September 25, 2020. For M’Liss Patterson, the new Director at Garden Grove Adult Education, the drive to serve came not just from handing adult learners the keys to success, but from giving them the guts to switch gears. It started with a particular student — a single mom who had tried college and various trades, …


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Dropping Back In: An NOCE Alum’s Journey from High School Dropout to College Freshman

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September 01, 2020. One student drops out of high school every 26 seconds, according to DoSomething.org. Those young adults will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over their lifetimes, and about one million less than their college counterparts. For dropouts, who command an average yearly salary of just $20,241, according to the U.S. …


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NOCE Career Resource Center Kickstarting Confidence Amid COVID-19

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August 07, 2020. A medical assistant student keeps getting interviews, but no job offers… until mock interviews at North Orange Continuing Education’s Career Resource Center (CRC) provides her with the practice and empowers her with the confidence she needs. The next time she’s interviewed, she nails it, finally launching her dream career at Children’s Hospital …


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NOCE’s Anaheim Pledge Bridges College, Careers for Noncredit Students

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June 18, 2020. Bridges are made to flex in the wind. That’s what makes them built to last, even in the stormiest conditions. Surviving the sway. Bending, but never breaking. For a continuing education student caught in the chaos of the health crisis, it’s a pretty relatable metaphor. And when it comes to bridging the …


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8 Great Tips for Acing Online Learning

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April 27, 2020. Here at the North Orange County Regional Consortium (NOCRC), we are dedicated to making sure our members’ students have the resources they need to make the shift to online learning. Keep reading for 8 helpful tips on how to stay organized, productive, and successful while taking courses online. 1. Make a Weekly …


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ESL Mentorship Program Eases the Path to a Better Future for Many

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December 19, 2019. When Elvia Rojas completed English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE), the ESL Mentorship Program, supported by North Orange County Regional Consortium (NOCRC) for Adult Education, gave her the confidence and resources she needed to transition on to college. “My mentor encouraged me to dream bigger,” …


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Never Too Late: Man Returns to Class after 47 Years

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November 26, 2019. It’s been 47 years since Pedro Linares was in high school, but recently he returned to the classroom with big goals in sight. Although Linares is content stocking shelves at a big-box store where he works, he wants to chase his dream of starting a career in healthcare—and he’s well on his …


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NOCROP Meeting the Demand for STEM Professionals

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October 30, 2019. Meeting the Demand for STEM Professions Careers in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – often conjures up images of surgeons, architects and mechanical engineers, careers that require advanced degrees, apprenticeships and years of on-the-job training. But the rise of STEM industries has created an increased demand for skilled …


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NOCE Program Offers Students a New Start

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September 23, 2019. For David Vicuna, preparing for the high school equivalency exam is shaping up to be life-changing. Vicuna, who does not have a high school diploma, has occasionally had difficulty finding employment. He held a few solid positions in manufacturing, but they often required that he make the sacrifice of moving far away from …


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Career Fair Aims to Launch Students on Professional Paths

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July 30, 2019. For Julie Oropeza, a medical assistant student at North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE), the challenge of embarking on a job hunt became easier this year with the help of a series of career workshops that prepared her for a Career Fair held on NOCE’s Anaheim campus. In an effort to help students …


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