Educate. Elevate. Podcast

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Episode 5 out now.

Hear from actual community college students and alumni who are finding the hope and support they need to succeed every step of the way.

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Episode 5

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), or thought that attending one was out of reach, this is the episode for you. HBCUs provide a unique sense of community, culture, and support that help students thrive in and out of the classroom. Hear how one woman started at her local California community college and took the guaranteed transfer pathway to Bethune-Cookman University to fulfill her dream of attending an HBCU. Learn how other students across California are also finding their way to guaranteed admission at many HBCUs by starting at their local community college. You CAN accomplish your dreams – it’s never too late – you just need to know where to start.

Episode 4

Experience the inspiring story of LA Community College President Dr. Amanuel Gebru, a Sudanese immigrant who triumphed over cultural barriers to ascend to his current leadership position fueled by a passion to aid those encountering similar hurdles. Learn about his work with A2MEND, which provides mentorship opportunities for Black men at California community colleges. Also, witness how Moorpark College student Ebba Tefera maximizes the resources available on his campus, seizing opportunities like engagement in a work-study initiative and active participation in campus groups like the Black Student Union.

Episode 3

Learn from the wisdom of former community college counselor Dr. Judy Mays and her 35 years of experience guiding students as she delves into her inspiring story and learn about her work with the Umoja community. Also hear the remarkable journey of American River College alumni Laurin Williams, who faced incarceration and homelessness and triumphed against the odds with the support of her college to go on to pursue higher education at UC Davis. You CAN accomplish your dreams; you just need to know where to start.

Episode 2

Learn from a young man who left high school with a 0.9 GPA still found his way to UC Davis, while another student with a passion for advocacy shares why she believes California community colleges are a “cheat code” for success. Also hear a college president’s remarkable story of determination as he refused to settle for “good enough,” and his powerful challenge to students today to unlock their full potential. You CAN accomplish your dreams; you just need to know where to start.

Episode 1

Learn from a young man without a place to call home, and a young woman who grew up in the foster care system, both found hope and a future at their local California community college. Learn how YOU can receive a full range of resources and student support services to help you reach your academic goals. You CAN accomplish your dreams; you just need to know where to start.

Clips

Episode 5

Opening Remarks | Episode 5

Dr. Helen Young Interview | Episode 5

Learn about the rich history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and how students can take advantage of the guaranteed transfer pathway, starting at their local community college.

Starquita Washington Interview | Episode 5

Hear how a determined woman began her educational journey at a California community college, seizing the guaranteed transfer pathway to realize her lifelong dream of attending an HBCU.

Marlon Mackey | Episode 5

Listen to the musical performance of Marlon Mackey.

Closing Remarks | Episode 5

Episode 4

Opening Remarks | Episode 4

Dr. Amanuel Gebru Interview | Episode 4

Experience the inspiring story of LA Community College President Dr. Amanuel Gebru, a Sudanese immigrant who triumphed over cultural barriers to ascend to his current leadership positio fueled by a passion to aid those encountering similar hurdles. Learn about his work with A2MEND provides mentorship opportunties for Black men at California community colleges.

Ebba Tefera Interview | Episode 4

Witness how Moorpark College student Ebba Tefera maximizes the resources available on his campus, seizing opportunities like engagement in a work-study initiative and active participation in campus groups like the Black Student Union.

Closing Remarks | Episode 4

Episode 3

Opening Remarks | Episode 3

Dr. Judy Mays Interview | Episode 3

Learn from the wisdom of former community college counselor Dr. Judy Mays and her 35 years of experience guiding students. Delve into her inspiring story and learn about her work with the Umoja community.

Laurin Williams Interview | Episode 3

Hear the remarkable journey of American River College alumni Laurin Williams, who faced incarceration and homelessness and triumphed against the odds with the support of her college to go on to pursue higher education at UC Davis.

Nina Grae | Episode 3

Listen to the musical performance of Nina Grae.

Closing Remarks | Episode 3

Episode 2

Opening Remarks | Episode 2

Jesse Williams Interview | Episode 2

Feather River College alum Jesse Williams shares how he found his way to UC Davis after overcoming obstacles in his educational journey.

Madison Harris Interview | Episode 2

Student Madison Harris speaks on student advocacy and exploring leadership opportunities through Orange Coast College.

Dr. Culpepper Interview | Episode 2

LA Southwest College President Dr. Anthony Culpepper talks about his story of resilience and determination and debunks myths about community colleges, proving they offer an affordable, high quality education.

Closing Remarks | Episode 2

Episode 1

Opening Remarks | Episode 1

Jared Barnes Interview | Episode 1

Student Jared Barnes shares how he got connected to support services and financial resources at his local community college.

Taneil Franklin Interview | Episode 1

Student Taneil Franklin speaks on growing up in the foster system and how she found hope at her local community college.

Closing Remarks | Episode 1

Episode 2 Teaser: breaking down the biggest myths about higher education and community college.

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Tune in to hear from students who refused to let the challenges in their lives or the myths they heard keep them from becoming leaders and difference-makers. You’ll be inspired by stories of hope and get connected to the resources you need to make your dreams a reality.

EDUCATE.ELEVATE. podcast features real stories from California community college students embarking on an affordable, transformative, high-quality educational journey. The EDUCATE. ELEVATE.podcast is offered to inspire and empower current and prospective Black and African American students.

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