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Nursing students will graduate with associate of science degrees in nursing, Dec. 16, 2021. Photo courtesy Compton College

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Compton College to honor nursing grads at virtual pinning ceremony

COMPTON (MNS)— Compton College will host a Virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony on December 16, 2021, from 6-7 p.m. in honor of 27 students who will graduate with an associate of science degree. Register via Zoom.

 

“I’m so proud of these nursing students for successfully completing their associate of science degrees during these challenging times,” said Compton College President Keith Curry. “A succession of qualified health care providers are needed now and in the foreseeable future. Compton College has strong nursing and biomedical science programs and a state-of-the-art Allied Health Building complete with a simulation lab. We hope to inspire and educate a new generation of leaders in nursing and other medical professions.”

 

The students who have met the requirements for an associate degree in nursing are:

Erendira Judith Andrade

Kevin Brown

Christa Burns

Christopher Castillo

Olga Alicia Castillo

Veronica Lorena Castro

Ashley Catimon

Jacqueline Delgado

Desiree Dilworth

Michellee Driver

Keana Garcia

Aquanise Gaskin

Wendy Gil

Jasmin Elizabeth Gonzalez

Milka Jimenez

Donghee Kim

Angelica M. Laureta

Nataly Martinez

Juan Carlos Neri

Stacy Ortiz

Krystal Padilla

Nancy J. Perez

Napoleon Puerto

John William Marsigan Rein

Martha Suarez

Lily Socheata Sann Tauch

Shavonna Williams

Compton College’s Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Compton College student nurses are supported by counseling, opportunities to further their education and referrals to jobs in the community. Upon completion of the program, graduates earn an associate degree and are ready to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). After passing the exam, graduates are eligible to seek employment as a registered nurse and work in health care fields such as intensive care, pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, rehabilitation, oncology, cardiology, and occupational health. Compton College partners with area hospitals and medical centers for clinical rotations and mentoring. The majority of program graduates go on to obtain their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, in addition to obtaining a job as a registered nurse in the area

 

For information about the Compton College Nursing Program, contact Carol DeLilly, associate dean of Nursing at 310-900-1600, ext. 2702. Visit the Compton College Nursing Program webpage at: http://www.compton.edu/ gpdiv/health-public-services/nursing/index.aspx

Metropolis News Service.

Student beats odds for success

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Jessica Ramos. Compton College Photo College

COMPTON (MNS) — Jessica Ramos embarked on what many might call an improbable mission a few years ago, mired in a bog of circumstance of little means and a dreary future at best. But amid the darkness, she found a streak of light and followed its path.

“It blows my mind!” Ramos said. “I’m a single mother who went from having no high school diploma, no job, no transportation, and no means to support my family, to now having a job, graduating from community college, and transferring to a university this fall.”

Ramos, a mother of two, is a member of Compton College graduating class of 2021. She will receive an associate of arts degree in business administration this month. She was also accepted to California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he will explore several career options.

“I still have a lot of things I want to accomplish and the first big step is transferring this fall to the university,” she said.

Ramos was awarded two scholarships through the CalWORKs public assistance program: a $250 scholarship through Compton College’s CalWORKs Office, and a $500 CalWORKs 2021 Student

California community college students in the CalWORKs program were awarded 2021 scholarships among those thaVoices Scholarship by the CalWORKs Association Board. Only 23t applied.

As a single mother and domestic abuse survivor, Ramos has overcome the odds to earn an associate degree and continue her journey to self-sufficiency through education. CalWORKs data reveals that 1-in-5 college students is parenting a child, but only 8 percent of single moms earn a degree within six years.

A high school dropout at age 15, Ramos attempted to resume her education, but stalled when she birthed her first child. She eventually earned a high school diploma from Paramount Adult School after her second child was born.

“My marriage was full of abuse and manipulation brought on by my ex-husband’s drug and alcohol abuse,” she said. She finally broke free of the marriage, enduring a painful divorce. “I fear[ed] losing my kids, [suffered] depression, anxiety, and financial crisis.” 

Realizing she needed to find a way to provide for herself and her kids, Ramos had heard about public assistance and available resources to help her get a college education to gain skills for employment. She also began to realize she needed access to mental health resources. She decided to go to the county public assistance office where she was enrolled in the GAIN program and referred to a variety of resources such as domestic violence counseling, individual therapy, and CalWORKs. In 2018, she enrolled at Compton College to begin her transformation through higher education. 

Ramos displays an incredible attitude about the obstacles she has overcome. “For me, every single life experience I have encountered has led me to become the super mom I am; my superpower is resilience,” she said.

 

That  resilience was tested when the father of Ramos’ children passed away. But this time, Ramos knew what to do.

“I reached out and asked for help, which is a difficult thing for people of my culture,” she said. I believe part of having the superpower of resilience is knowing when to ask for help.”

Compton College CalWORKs staff helped Ramos during this difficult time and assisted her in getting the care she needed. They referred her to counseling and helped her find a therapist she was comfortable with.

“I am a proud CalWORKs student; CalWORKs saved my life,” she said.

The CalWORKs office at Compton College has helped Ramos in many ways and she considers the staff her second family, crediting the staff with helping her to navigate college life and to keep on track. Ramos currently works for the college CalWORKs Office as a student ambassador. She began working in the office in fall 2020, working the front desk, helping students register for workshops, setting up appointments, and creating documents and flyers.

“Working in the office, I’ve grown so much and I am learning new skills,” she said. “I’m happy to have the chance to pay forward all that CalWORKs has done for me by helping other students.”

Ramos has also used many other student support services at Compton College to aid in her success, such as the Transfer Center for the university application process, academic counseling, the Library-Student Success Center as a quiet study space, and the state-funded Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) for extra financial and academic support.

“The sense of community and respect on campus and seeing the same friendly faces every day is what I like best about Compton College,” said Ramos. “If I asked for help, it was always given to me.

“I’m looking forward to my upcoming Compton College virtual commencement ceremony,” she said. “I will have my kids close during the ceremony and I can share intimately that moment of celebration with them.”

 Metropolis News Service. 

Rams ‘Fan of the Year’ — Compton firefighter Deonte McReynolds

 
 
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Deonte McReynolds was surprised by a visit to Fire Station No. 2 by the Rams mascot to announce his selection as “Fan of the Year.” Courtesy Los Angeles Rams

 

Firefighter, Compton native lifelong Rams fan

 

COMPTON (MNS) — The Los Angeles Rams have named Compton firefighter Deonte McReynolds, “Fan of the Year.”

McReynolds, an 11-year veteran of the Compton Fire Department, and a lifelong Rams fan, was born and raised in Compton, His wife ,Brittany, who submitted his nomination for the title, said her husband wears his Rams jersey every game day, “even if he has to work at the fire station.”

The Rams, who moved back home to Los Angeles in 2016, “Are a huge part of my husband’s identity,” Brittany added. “They give him hope. I can remember when we moved my grandmother from Houston to Los Angeles driving a U-Haul that broke down, my husband didn't fret because we got to watch the Rams-Tampa Bay game in the truck on the iPad.

“As a firefighter for an underserved community, my husband goes to work day in and day out giving his all to a community that is so often neglected and forgotten and he does it so proudly,” said Brittany. “He exemplifies a super fan and I truly am his because of all of those things.”

The Rams surprised Deonte at his fire station to break the news to him, and Safety John Johnson, III face-timed him to break the news of his selection as Fan of the Year. With the honor  comes a tour of SoFi Stadium. Rampage, the Rams mascot also made a surprise visit to the station to present Deonte with a personalized jersey and a $500 fan shop gift card.

Metropolis News Service.