SMC In Focus
Stories of transformation and new possibilities from Santa Monica College’s bi-monthly newsletter. Read these stories and more at www.smc.edu/smcinfocus
Mercedes American Dreams
As a child growing up in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Mercedes Garcia dreamed of being a hairdresser and an artist. Her dreams would lead her across the U.S.-Mexico Border and eventually to the SMC Emeritus Program. And both her dreams came true!
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A Long Journey
Aboubacar Maguette Conde has come a long way—literally. He traveled all the way from Conakry, Guinea, to get to SMC. An electrical engineering major, Maguette also interned at The USC Viterbi School of Engineering, teaching children how to code.
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Making a Better World
Creating a better world through public policy is a lofty goal—but it’s exactly what the SMC Public Policy Institute prepares students to do. The Institute’s experiential learning opportunities with top organizations, many areas of specialization, and partnerships with top universities create life-changing experiences.
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Beyond the Obvious: Marc Trujillo
This SMC Art professor and Guggenheim Fellow paints shopping malls, discount stores, Taco Bell and KFC meals—and his paintings are met with national and international acclaim. Marc calls his detailed and visual records the “North American Purgatory.”
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Dream it, Then Give it a Try
A native of Missouri, Angela Smith dreamed of going to Stanford University, but life stacked obstacles in her way; she did not see how her dream could ever come true. Then, she came to SMC—and you know how this story ends.
Training Caregivers for Over 50 Years
For over half a century, SMC has prepared students for one of the oldest—and noblest—professions: nursing. A resounding record of success in the National Council Licensing Examination, rigorous standards, and experienced professors make this program a top choice.
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