#CYProud

Student success comes in many different forms, and Cypress College is proud to recognize and celebrate the variety of paths our students take to achieve their dreams. Whether it’s transferring to a four-year institution, or receiving an associate degree or certificate and heading into the workforce, we want all of our students to know we are on this educational journey with them and are pleased to feature distinguished #CYProud students.

Anthony Pansoy, Psychiatric Technology

Anthony is a graduate of the Cypress College Psychiatric Technology program and works at a Southern California hospital. He chose to attend Cypress College for its strong psych tech program, which came highly recommended from colleagues, many of whom are also graduates. Anthony wants to continue positively impacting the lives of the mentally ill, andContinue reading “Anthony Pansoy, Psychiatric Technology”

Lisa Benjamin, Computer Information Systems

Lisa graduated from Cypress College with an associate degree in computer information systems, along with an additional three CIS-related certificates. Born and raised in Central California, Lisa was involved in a tragic car accident that left her paralyzed for about half a year and in physical therapy learning to walk again for another three years.Continue reading “Lisa Benjamin, Computer Information Systems”

Dante Jaramillo, Biochemistry

Dante graduated from Cypress College a biochemistry major and is transferring to Cal State Fullerton. The loss of a close childhood friend motivated him to get serious about education, and he originally pursued a degree in photography. After deciding he wouldn’t enjoy photography as a career, he switched gears and decided to follow his passionContinue reading “Dante Jaramillo, Biochemistry”

Rogelio Dominguez, Culinary Arts

Rogelio is a culinary arts graduate from Cypress College who will continue working and growing at the JW Marriott/Ritz-Carlton L.A. Live. Born and raised by parents who immigrated to California for a better life, Rogelio found his passion in the kitchen while helping his mother cook. Though his family had other dreams for his future,Continue reading “Rogelio Dominguez, Culinary Arts”

Gabrielle Carbajal, Kinesiology

Gabrielle was a kinesiology major who will continue her studies at Humboldt State University while playing for their basketball team. Always an athlete, Gabrielle’s love for basketball brought her to Cypress College to play for Women’s Basketball Coach Margaret Mohr. Gabrielle aspires to become a physical education teacher and basketball coach herself. Please tell usContinue reading “Gabrielle Carbajal, Kinesiology”

Flora Li, Human Services

Flora is a human services graduate from Cypress College who will continue her studies at Cal State Long Beach majoring in human development. A native of Hong Kong who moved to the U.S. in 2012, Flora finds great joy helping people live happy, fulfilling lives. She currently volunteers at two caring ministries and hopes toContinue reading “Flora Li, Human Services”

Myeongseob Kim, Political Science

Myeongseob was a political science major at Cypress College who is continuing his studies at University of California, Santa Barbara following his graduation from the college. In search of the right educational path for his future following a couple of years at a South Korean university and two years in the military, Myeongseob decided toContinue reading “Myeongseob Kim, Political Science”

Janki Sukhadia, Chemistry

Janki was a chemistry major who will continue her studies at University of California, Davis. A student at both Cypress College and Fullerton College, Cypress’ sister institution, Janki committed herself to being heavily involved in both campus communities, as well as the community at large. She was an active member of a number of programsContinue reading “Janki Sukhadia, Chemistry”

Bryan Igboke, Engineering

Bryan is an engineering major at Cypress College transferring to Cal Poly Pomona following his graduation from the college. He originally attended Cypress College to play basketball and stayed to lay the foundation for earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He credits the college’s (STEM)2 Program for helping him realize his passion for engineering, asContinue reading “Bryan Igboke, Engineering”

Abhiruchi Chaulagain, Biology

Abhiruchi was a biology major at Cypress College who will continue her studies at University of California, Irvine following her graduation from the college. Named Cypress College’s 2018 Outstanding Graduate, Abhiruchi has made a lasting impression on many college faculty and staff with her hard work, passion for education and helping others, and dedication toContinue reading “Abhiruchi Chaulagain, Biology”

Imad Alhajj, Biology

Imad is a biology major transferring to UCLA following his graduation from Cypress College. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of 10 for better educational opportunities. He is passionate about helping those suffering from the effects of war, fires, and other disasters, and soContinue reading “Imad Alhajj, Biology”

Shay Prokopchuk, Culinary Arts

Shay is a culinary arts graduate at Cypress College who will continue working at the Main Street restaurants in Disneyland while finishing his second associate degree in business management at Fullerton College. Originally a biology major with aspirations of becoming a doctor, he decided to change majors when he realized that would mean about 12Continue reading “Shay Prokopchuk, Culinary Arts”

Brooke Blandino, Environmental Management

Brooke will be an environmental management major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo following her graduation from Cypress College. Born and raised in Southern California, she found a passion for the environment and hopes to educate society about ways to help preserve the world around us. She plans to pursue research opportunities in environmental scienceContinue reading “Brooke Blandino, Environmental Management”

Surbhi Arora, Biology

Surbhi is a biology major transferring to University of California, Irvine following her graduation from Cypress College. A native of India, Surbhi has wanted to study and practice medicine ever since she was a young girl. She found a home at Cypress College when she joined the (STEM)2 Program and helped grow the college’s STEMContinue reading “Surbhi Arora, Biology”

Stephen Crawford, Funeral Service

Stephen was one of five students who graduated as part of Cypress College’s first cohort of baccalaureate-degree students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service. It is thanks in large part to him that the mortuary science program was chosen for inclusion in the statewide pilot; only 14 other California community college programs wereContinue reading “Stephen Crawford, Funeral Service”

Brianna Adams, Hotel Management

Brianna is a hotel management major transferring to Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management following her graduation from Cypress College. She grew up in Southern California and initially pursued Cypress College’s Radiologic Technology program, but decided to change her major just before completion. She soon found she had a passion for hospitality andContinue reading “Brianna Adams, Hotel Management”

Luis Ramirez, Engineering

Luis is an engineering major transferring to University of California, Irvine following his graduation from Cypress College. With hard work, dedication, and passion, Luis evolved from an average student in high school to a college student graduating with honors. After an experience working with a young amputee learning to walk with his new prosthetic legContinue reading “Luis Ramirez, Engineering”

Ngoc Ngo, Psychology

Ngoc is a psychology major transferring to UCLA following her graduation from Cypress College. A native of Vietnam, Ngoc wanted to pursue higher education in the U.S. because it would allow her to study her passion and provide her with more opportunities. She is a first-generation college student and participant in the CC2PhD Scholar Program,Continue reading “Ngoc Ngo, Psychology”

Mihir Patel, Computer Science

Mihir is a computer science major transferring to Cal Poly Pomona following his graduation from Cypress College. He immigrated to the U.S. from India at the age of 11 and at first struggled to learn English. With advice and guidance from his older sister, Mihir decided to attend Cypress College after high school and foundContinue reading “Mihir Patel, Computer Science”

Ashley Kipling, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Kipling is a diagnostic medical sonography major finishing her degree at Cypress College this fall semester. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2007 with a degree in psychology and Spanish, she spent a decade in social work counseling those with mental illness, advocating for those with developmental disabilities, and aiding those inContinue reading “Ashley Kipling, Diagnostic Medical Sonography”

Monica Vargas, Psych Tech & Dance

Monica received her associate degree in psychiatric technology and dance and will continue her studies at Cypress College in the Registered Nursing program to prepare for an eventual master’s degree in psychiatric nursing. She strives to spread awareness about mental illness and the human condition, and enjoys spending time volunteering. Please tell us a littleContinue reading “Monica Vargas, Psych Tech & Dance”

Dominique Brown, Dance

Brown is a dance major transferring to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona following her graduation from Cypress College. She decided to attend Cypress College after taking a dance class the summer before she was heading to a four-year college. She aspires to receive her master’s degrees in dance and business, and start an internationalContinue reading “Dominique Brown, Dance”

Miguel Ruiz, Biochemistry

Ruiz is a biochemistry major transferring to the University of California, San Diego following his graduation from Cypress College. While at the college, he’s been involved in a number of clubs and programs, including serving as interim president for the Chemistry Club and cofounding the Cypress College Chapter for the Society of Advancement of ChicanosContinue reading “Miguel Ruiz, Biochemistry”

Evan Sue, Chemistry

Evan is a chemistry major transferring to Chapman University following his graduation from Cypress College. He represented the College as a student ambassador, and was involved in a number of programs and clubs, including the Honors and (STEM)2 programs. Sue hopes to pursue lab research on alternative fuels and clean energy, or medicine. Please tellContinue reading “Evan Sue, Chemistry”

Junnior Rodriguez, Automotive Engineering

Junnior is an Auto Tech, Physics, and Math major transferring to the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo following his graduation from Cypress College. He grew up with a strong passion for automotive technology and engineering, and entered Cypress College as a first-generation college student. He initially went through the College’s Toyota T-TEN program,Continue reading “Junnior Rodriguez, Automotive Engineering”

Anna Rodriguez, History

Rodriguez is a history major transferring to the University of California, Berkeley following her graduation from Cypress College. She persevered in her education despite falling ill during her senior year in high school, and has been part of the Honors Program at Cypress College, representing the College at the Honors Transfer Council of California’s AnnualContinue reading “Anna Rodriguez, History”

Phuoc Vo, Culinary Arts

Phuoc is a culinary arts major joining the Marriott Voyage Global Leadership Development Program following his graduation from Cypress College. He was the top choice in the nation for the program, which prepares participants for hospitality and culinary management positions, and will start working at the JW Marriott Desert Hot Spring this summer. Please tellContinue reading “Phuoc Vo, Culinary Arts”

Fernando Barboza, Political Science

Barboza is a political science major transferring to UCLA following his graduation from Cypress College. He is an honors student and represents the College as a Student Ambassador, sharing this educational journey with potential students. He is deeply passionate about politics, and hopes to pursue a jurisdoctorate after obtaining his bachelor’s degree. Please tell usContinue reading “Fernando Barboza, Political Science”

Katherine Gendron, Anthropology

Katherine is an anthropology major transferring to Cal State Dominguez Hills following her graduation from Cypress College. She has dreamed of being an anthropologist working in cultural and historical preservation since she was a child, and one day hopes to work on a team searching for the lost city of Atlantis. She also aspires toContinue reading “Katherine Gendron, Anthropology”

Amanda Nguyen, Biochemistry

Nguyen is a biochemistry major transferring to the University of California, Irvine following her graduation from Cypress College. She hopes to enter the medical field as a physician assistant and is passionate about working with non-profit organizations, where she has worked and volunteered at over the last eight years. Please tell us a little aboutContinue reading “Amanda Nguyen, Biochemistry”

Kimberly Worl, Mortuary Science

Kimberly is a mortuary science major looking to become a funeral director and embalmer following her graduation from Cypress College. She is a top-15 scholarship recipient from Service Corporation International, the largest funeral service provider in the country, and the first Cypress College student to receive the scholarship. She recently passed the state exam forContinue reading “Kimberly Worl, Mortuary Science”

Sarah Ormsby, Anthropology

Sarah is an anthropology major transferring to Liverpool John Moores University in England following her graduation from Cypress College. She has a bachelor’s degree in theater and worked in entertainment at Disneyland for a number of years before returning to school to pursue her first love, the human body. She hopes to become a forensicContinue reading “Sarah Ormsby, Anthropology”

Phong Le, Business

Le is a business administration major transferring to the University of California, Irvine following his graduation from Cypress College. He emigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam four years ago and took ESL classes at the School of Continuing Education before starting his studies at the College. Le aspires to become a CPA and have hisContinue reading “Phong Le, Business”

Crystal Neer, Radiologic Technology

Crystal is a radiologic technology major graduating from Cypress College Spring 2017. She will be receiving her rad tech license in the summer and hopes to spend time doing x-rays and become licensed in administering CAT scans as well. She hopes to attend a four-year instutition in the near future to pursue a bachelor’s degree.Continue reading “Crystal Neer, Radiologic Technology”

Alejandra Garcia, Biology

Garcia is a biology major transferring to Cal State Fullerton following her graduation from Cypress College. She is a STEM scholar who enjoys volunteering, and aspires to attend medical school and become an OB-GYN. Please tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your interests? What is your story? IContinue reading “Alejandra Garcia, Biology”

Chidi Ewenike, Engineering

Chidi Ewenike is a physics and mathematics major transferring to Cal Poly Pomona following his graduation from Cypress College. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and is looking forward to a career in robotics and automated systems. Please tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What areContinue reading “Chidi Ewenike, Engineering”

Malik Elasha, Physics

Malik Elasha is a physics major transferring to the University of California, Berkeley following his graduation from Cypress College. He is a STEM scholar who hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics and move on to an industry career researching nanotechnology. Please tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up?Continue reading “Malik Elasha, Physics”

Michael Gonzalez

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Michel Gonzalez who will transfer to UCLA in the fall. Michael is a History major and on a Pre-Med track. He was involved in both the STEM(2) program and Puente at Cypress. #CYProud 2016 #CYProud: Michael Gonzalez Cypress to UCLA Origin — what is your back story (hometown, highContinue reading “Michael Gonzalez”

Megan Imperial

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Megan Imperial who will transfer to UC Berkeley in the fall. Megan is a Political Science major who was involved in Forensics and the Lively Arts Club at Cypress. At Berkeley she will major in Interdisciplinary Studies. #CYProud 2016 #CYProud: Megan Imperial Cypress to UC Berkeley Origin — what isContinue reading “Megan Imperial”

Angel Garcia

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Angel Garcia who will transfer to Cal State Fullerton this fall. Angel is a remarkable leader with natural charisma, charm, and positive, outgoing spirit. She is valued across campus. Angel has served Cypress as the 2015-16 Associated Students President and as an official student ambassador. Congratulations, Angel and best ofContinue reading “Angel Garcia”

Madeline Garcia

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Madeline Garcia who will transfer to the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall. Madeline is a sociology major who benefited greatly from our Puente Program. #CYProud 2016 #CYProud: Madeline Garcia, Cypress to UCLA Origin — what is your back story (hometown, high school, personal story…) Growing upContinue reading “Madeline Garcia”

Josh Currenton

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce student-athlete Josh Currenton who will transfer to Cal State University, Fullerton. Josh was a stand-out basketball player at Cypress and plans to join CSUF’s team in the fall. #CYPCity #Chargers #CYProud 2016 Origin — what is your back story (hometown, high school, personal story…)I went to fiveContinue reading “Josh Currenton”

Erika Nilsen

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Erika Nilsen who will transfer to San Francisco State University in the fall on athletic scholarship. Erika was a standout basketball player at Cypress. We’re sure that she’ll continue her trajectory of athletic and academic success at SFSU. Congratulations, Erika! #CYPCity #Chargers #CYProud 2016  #CYProud: Erika Nilsen Cypress to San FranciscoContinue reading “Erika Nilsen”

Madison May

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Madison May who will transfer to Niagara University in the fall on athletic scholarship. Madison is a seasoned volleyball player who will contribute greatly to her new D.I team in New York. #CYPCity #Chargers #CYProud 2016 #CYProud: Madison May Cypress to Niagara University (athletic scholarship, volleyball) Origin — what is yourContinue reading “Madison May”

Omar Mercado

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Omar Mercado who will transfer to Cal State University, Long Beach to continue his biology and pre-medical studies in the fall. Omar is a California Dream Act student who benefited greatly from our STEM(2) program.  #CYProud: Omar Mercado, Cypress to CSULB Origin — what is your back story (hometown,Continue reading “Omar Mercado”

Danila Mendez

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Danila Mendez who will transfer to the University of California, Irvine to continue her business and accounting studies. Danila is a 4.0 2016 Graduate of the Year Candidate. She managed to maintain a perfect college GPA while working full-time and being a dedicated single mother to herContinue reading “Danila Mendez”

Michelle Betanzos

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Michelle Betanzos who will transfer to Cal Poly Pomona’s industry-leading Collins College of Hospitality Management in the fall. Michelle is a California Dream Act student who benefited greatly from our Puente and EOPS support programs. #CYProud: Michelle Betanzos, Cypress to Cal Poly Pomona Origin — whatContinue reading “Michelle Betanzos”

Alex Dolan Balin

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Alex Dolan Balin who will transfer to Claremont McKenna College, one of the nation’s very best institutions of higher education. At Claremont, Alex will study Politics, Economics, and Philosophy. A math tutor in our Library Learning Resource Center, Alex also contributed to and benefited from our Honors Program. Continue reading “Alex Dolan Balin”

Lynnette Reed

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Lynnette Reed who will transfer to UC San Diego’s prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the fall. Lynnette is a Marine Biology major who benefited greatly from our STEM(2) program. #CYProud 2016 #CYProud: Lynnette Reed Cypress to UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography  Origin — what is your back story (hometown,Continue reading “Lynnette Reed”

William Conley

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce William Conley who will transfer to the University of California, Irvine in the fall. William was an English major who will transition to political science studies at UCI. Congratulation, William, and best of luck in all your future endeavors! We’re proud of you #CYProud 2016. #CYProud: WilliamContinue reading “William Conley”

Oscar Lee

As part of this year’s #CYProud 2016 student profile series, we are pleased to introduce Oscar Lee who will transfer to the University of California, Santa Barbara in the fall. Oscar asked to take part in our campaign this year to share his story and words of advice to incoming students. Congratulations, Oscar on achieving your goals and bestContinue reading “Oscar Lee”

Mallory Roa (Artist Profile)

As part of our ongoing student profile series (#CYProud), we’re pleased to highlight the extraordinary work of Mallory Roa, a Cypress College Class of 2016 graduate who will continue her art and photography studies on full merit scholarship at the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute, School of Photography (founded by Ansel Adams and home to legends suchContinue reading “Mallory Roa (Artist Profile)”

Mike Alcoran (Artist Profile)

As part of our ongoing student profile series, we are pleased to highlight Class of 2016 graduate Mike Alcoran, a prolific, award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and graphic artist, who will continue his digital cinema studies at Cal State University, Fullerton in the fall. Mike is a tremendous talent. Through his art, he is able to make evenContinue reading “Mike Alcoran (Artist Profile)”

Stephanie Garcia

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Stephanie – Stephanie Garcia is conflicted in the very best of ways – she got into all her transfer universities of choice but can’t decide which to attend. The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) has long been her dream school, but Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) has a strongContinue reading “Stephanie Garcia”

Alexandra San Pablo

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Alexandra – Alexandra has a dream story. She’s an extremely bright D.R.E.A.M student bound for UC Berkeley. The California Dream Act (an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) has opened higher education opportunities to those like Alexandra who came here as children, are long-term residents, have goodContinue reading “Alexandra San Pablo”

Jonathan Le

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Jonathan – Jonathan Le carries himself with an air of elegance and professionalism fitting of a future physician. A Biochemistry major, Jonathan is an Anaheim native and graduate of Savannah High. Before enrolling at Cypress College, he did a Vocational Nursing Program through the North Orange County Community College District’sContinue reading “Jonathan Le”

Eleese Williams

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Eleese – Eleese Williams’ essence is resilience. She’s smart, beautiful and extraordinarily positive – a striking combination in and of itself, but all the more so in her case. From birth, she’s struggled with a potentially life threatening condition – sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell disease is a group ofContinue reading “Eleese Williams”

Tiana Buttice

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Tiana – Ask anyone on campus and they’ll agree – they’ve never seen a student like Tiana Buttice. In her five years at Cypress, Tiana has blossomed from a markedly reserved individual into an extraordinary student leader, both on campus and off. She currently represents the student body on theContinue reading “Tiana Buttice”

Jason Bircea

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Jason – Jason was on his way to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) his senior year at Western High until… well, he wasn’t. He learned the hard way that universities do actually account for your last semester of high school grades. If you don’t make the cut, youContinue reading “Jason Bircea”

Valeria Gonzalez

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Valeria – Valeria Gonzalez is wise beyond her years. She knows what she likes, what she wants, where she’s headed and how to have fun in the day-to-day. Now that’s unique. An Electrical Engineering major from Paramount, California, Valeria will be the first in her family to head to university.Continue reading “Valeria Gonzalez”

Bradley Waechter

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Brad – Getting a degree matters, but getting the right degree matters more. Find your true interests and pursue them –academic success and personal happiness will follow. That was Brad’s realization after an initial rough, directionless start to college. With the guidance of several Cypress professors, he saw that hisContinue reading “Bradley Waechter”

Stacy Aspaturian

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Stacy – If you dream of it, go for it. Graduate of the Year candidate, Stacy Aspaturian, returned to Cypress College in 2011 (she was a student here in the late 90’s) after a twenty-year career in international shipping. This time around, she enrolled with a very specific interest inContinue reading “Stacy Aspaturian”

William Ashley

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Bill – William “Bill” Ashley is of sturdy character. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Bill made his way to Southern California via train when he was just three years old… all by his lonesome. His sister placed him on a Chief locomotive in 1954 to make the 2,500-mile journey outContinue reading “William Ashley”

Amalia Sanchez

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Amalia Sanchez – Amalia is the very first college graduate in both her immediate and extended families. She started at Cypress at the age of 33 as a single mom of two with the hope that a certificate would enable her to attain financial stability. Through the support of Care,Continue reading “Amalia Sanchez”

Jason Ingels

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Jason Ingels – Jason was an auto-insurance underwriter before enrolling in the Cypress Hotel, Restaurant & Culinary Arts program in the fall of 2013. He joined to make a career shift – to transition to a more dynamic and creative field that would allow him to be with people and thinkContinue reading “Jason Ingels”

Julie Ghim

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Julie – a Fine Arts graduate of the Class of 2015. Julie will be transferring to the School of Art at Cal State Long Beach where she will to continue her Fine Arts studies with concentrations in painting and drawing. Julie was nominated by a Cypress College faculty member asContinue reading “Julie Ghim”

Phuong Austin Nguyen

See Why We’re Proud…. Meet Austin – a Hotel Management & EOPS graduate of the Class of 2015. Austin will be transferring with a 4.0 GPA to Cal Poly Pomona where he plans to major in Hotel Management and minor in Spanish. Austin was nominated by a Cypress College faculty member as an inspirational graduateContinue reading “Phuong Austin Nguyen”