always been curious and tried to figure things out.”
formative years of José Esquivel’s life may have been
when he was four and five years old. He spent two years in a hospital
healing a head injury that he incurred as a baby. “I’d
see all those machines in the hospital,” remembers José.
“And when the electronic engineer came to repair them, I
always watched.” As a teenager, José took this early
interest in machines one step further and started to take radios
apart to see what was inside.
to play a major role in José’s life today. The SMC
electronics major just recently opened his first business, installing
car radios with a friend who also studies at SMC. “We work
well together,” José says of the relationship.
only in his first semester of electronics courses, José
has already used new skills. “I’ve learned a lot in
just one semester,” he says. “Right now, I’m taking
math for electronics. It’s great because you can advance
by taking math and electronics together. This course has helped
me a lot in my job.”
credits his instructor Don Jameson for his progress. “He’s
great. He doesn’t go on to the next chapter until he’s
sure that all students understand the concept.”
who came to Los Angeles from Mexico City in 1987, plans to transfer
to to Cal State Northridge and ultimately get a master’s degree
in electrical engineering.