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First Year Experience

Meet the FYE team!

Counselors

 

Jessica CerdaJessica

College/University/Grad School: Fullerton College, CSU Fullerton, University of La Verne

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Science in Educational Counseling

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Favorite snack/food: Pappardelle Pasta and CHEESE!!!!

One interesting fact: I use to Hawaiian Dance for 8 years. 

Piece of advice for FYE students: Make sure to utilize the resources on campus, ask lots of questions and build relationships with students, professors and staff.

 

Paolo BanaagPaolo

College/University/Grad School: UCLA, USC

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Master of Education in Educational Counseling

Hometown: Glendale, CA

Favorite food: Bacon

One interesting fact: I can read and write in Arabic.

Piece of advice for FYE students: Be proactive! Don't just glide through your education but be an active participant in your own learning. 

 

Nancy RuanoNancy

College/University/Grad School: UC Santa Barbara, University of La Verne

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Education, Master of Science in Educational Counseling

Hometown: Commerce, CA

Favorite snack/food: Crispy Pizza & Crispy Fries

One interesting fact: I’m an animal lover.

Piece of advice for FYE students: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” –Oprah Winfrey

“Be great, be fierce and SLAY.” –Nancy Ruano

 

Armando A. García​Armando

College/University/Grad School: Long Beach City College, CSU Domínguez Hills, CSU Long Beach

Major/Degree: Liberal Studies; History; Spanish: Public Service; Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Favorite food: Hamburgers

One interesting fact: I was on The Price is Right (TV show) and I won a microwave and a mini-van!

Piece of advice for FYE students: Don't procrastinate, study long hours each week, say "no" to unproductive tasks that will keep you from graduating/transferring on time.

 

Kevin F. DimatulacKevin

College/University/Grad School: Glendale Community College, CSU Northridge, USC

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master of Education in Educational Counseling

Hometown: Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, CA

Favorite food: Anything con carne asada

One interesting fact: I lived in Spain for one year.

Piece of advice for FYE students: I graduated high school with a 1.7 GPA and didn't think college was going to be in my future. Work hard, ask a lot of questions, and don't forget to carve out time in your schedule to self-care!

 

Success Coaches

 

Pauline UriasPauline

College/University/Grad School: California State University Dominguez Hills, University Of La Verne

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Resources Concentration, Master of Science in Educational Counseling (in progress)

Hometown: Los Angeles California

Favorite snack/food: Pizza

One interesting fact: I love sneakers and I like to collect, trade, and sell sneakers.

Piece of advice for FYE students: It’s ok to be scared, nervous, sad, anxious, troubled...at first. You got this! Try something new every semester like joining a club, making new friends, attending campus activities, passing classes with straight A’s. Find something that you like and stick with it.

 

Eddie FrancoEddie

College/University/Grad School: UCLA, USC

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Education in Educational Counseling (in progress)

Hometown: El Cajon, CA (it’s in San Diego)

Favorite food: California burrito

One interesting fact: I used to be a Lyft driver. 

Piece of advice for FYE students: Enjoy the journey, college years are some of the best years of your life.

 

Beatriz PerezBeatriz

College/University/Grad School: California State University, Dominguez Hills

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling, College Counseling option (in progress)

Hometown: Gardena, CA

Favorite snack/food: Tacos and Sushi

One interesting fact: I use to dance Folklorico as a child.

Piece of advice for FYE students: Believe in yourself and never give up! Persist in the face of setbacks, embrace challenges, and acknowledge that effort and attitude determine your abilities. Remember to always reach out for help when you need it.

 

Roshawn L. WalterRoshawn

College/University/Grad School: El Camino College, UCLA, USC

Major/Degree: Associate of Arts in Sociology, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master of Education in Educational Counseling (in progress)

Hometown: Compton, CA

Favorite snack/food: Enchiladas 

One interesting fact: I like to mediate and listen to music.

Piece of advice for FYE students: Take all of your classes seriously. There is not a reset button on your academic record!

 

Christopher AlanizChris

College/University/Grad School: LA City College, CSU Northridge, CSU Los Angeles

Major/Degree: Associate of Arts in Cinema Production, Bachelor of Arts in Television Production, Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling (in progress)

Hometown: East Los Angeles, CA

Favorite snack/food: Rite Aid Pistachio Ice Cream and Sushi

One interesting fact: I still watch wrestling and I go to WrestleMania every year.

Piece of advice for FYE students: A wise man once said "Never Give UP! Never Surrender! To Infinity & Beyond! Whatever I do, I do it for the students, as I am a product of LACC and want to help students succeed.

 

Student Workers

 

Hector D. Rojas​Hector

College: Currently a second year student at LA City College, I want to transfer to UC Irvine

Major: Political Science

Hometown: South Central Los Angeles, CA

Favorite food: Tacos and pupusas

One interesting fact: I’ve run the Los Angeles Marathon twice.

Piece of advice for FYE students: College will be filled with difficulties, hardships, and at times failure, but don't let that discourage you. It's alright to fail. Failure helps motivate us to do better.

 

 

Oscar A. Vasquez, Jr.Oscar

College: Currently a second year student at LA City College, I want to transfer to Cal State LA

Major: Administration of Justice

Hometown: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

Favorite food: Asada Fries and Lasagna

One interesting fact: I’ve learned from all my failures and I like to grow from them.

Piece of advice for FYE students: Know your campus, there are so many resources on campus. Help is always there, you just have to put your effort and ask for help.

 Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

 Contact Us

Student Services Building, 2nd Floor
(323) 953-4000 ext. 1264

cityfye@lacitycollege.edu

 

Jessica Cerda
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2266
cerdaj@lacitycollege.edu

Nancy Ruano
(323) 953-4000 ext. 1265
ruanonm@lacitycollege.edu

Paolo Banaag
(323) 953-4000 ext. 1266
banaagp@lacitycollege.edu

Armando A. Garcia
(323) 953-4000 ext. 1266
garciaaa5@lacitycollege.edu

Kevin F. Dimatulac
(323) 953-4000 ext. 1265
dimatukf@lacitycollege.edu

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