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
Art to Bend the Mind
SMC’s Art Mentor Program has been producing prominent artists for decades, including artists like Mark Bradford, Ichiro Irie, Lucas Kazansky, and many more. What makes this program so unique—and why do students leave with a new identity?
Read the full "Art Mentor Program Shapes True Creators" article.
Where No One Stops Learning
There’s a place two miles from the Pacific Ocean where no one stops learning—not even the professors. As for the students, they journey on planes, buses, and trains to get here.
Read the full "Where No One Stops Learning" article.
Guardian Scholars Program Fosters Achievement
When Marilyn Perez-Garcia ended up in foster care at age 15, college seemed an unachievable dream. But she achieved it—with the support of SMC’s Guardian Scholars Program and her own hard work.
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Liz Cruz Follows Her Heart Home
“Local girl” and SMC alum Liz Cruz faced a path riddled with obstacles—but she would persist—she survived personal tragedy to inspire others, and lives a life of constant giving. A true community hero, Liz is also a Samohi alum, a Bruin, and a Trojan, too!
Read the full "Liz Cruz Follows Her Heart Home" article.
Sandra Hutchinson Pays it Forward
If it hadn’t been for devoted teachers, Sandra Hutchinson’s early interest in science might have been derailed. Today a Professor of Anatomy and Human Biology at SMC, Dr. Hutchinson repays the excitement her teachers instilled in her by inspiring her students.
A Gateway to College and Career
SMC’s noncredit programs have long acted as a gateway to greater educational and career opportunities—and they’re about to get even better. Thanks to new funding, SMC is expanding noncredit continuing education—in vocational training, ESL, and more—for underserved adult learners.
Read the full "A Gateway to College and Career" article.