Angel Orozco found he could afford community college through SBVC's Valley-Bound Commitment
Program, which paid for his tuition, books and parking during his first year here.
Sister Brenda Orozco also has participated in the program.
In early 2009, Angel Orozco wanted to study Construction Engineering. He considered
applying to Cal Poly, Pomona.
But Angel, a Colton High School senior, saw his older siblings accumulate major debt
at four-year institutions and trade schools.
Angel couldn’t afford tuition so his high school counselor suggested community college
and SBVC’s Valley-Bound Commitment Program.
“My older sister and brother both attended college at expensive schools and are still
trying to pay off their student loans,” Angel said. “My goal is to graduate from college
with as little debt as possible and the Valley-Bound Commitment is great because I
don’t have to worry about working or paying for school.”
Angel was one of 88 students in the 2009-2010 Valley-Bound Commitment program. His
first year of college expenses, which included books, tuition and parking, were covered
by SBVC Foundation funds.
“The whole process of college seemed confusing at first. But, in talking with my high
school counselors, getting to know my Valley-Bound counselor, and setting up an educational
plan, it was almost like that extra help and push made me confident,” said Angel,
an SBVC student for more than two years.
Angel’s younger sister, Brenda, is following in her brother’s footsteps. With the
program nearly full, Angel lobbied SBVC administrators on Brenda’s behalf to get her
into the Valley-Bound Commitment program.
Brenda, a 2010 Colton High School graduate, has enjoyed her counselor’s proactive
approach, working with her beyond her initial educational plan. Her goal is a degree
in liberal studies and to become a bilingual second-grade teacher.
The program has encouraged more members of the Orozco family to attend college, including
younger sister, Victoria, a potential 2012-13 applicant.
“My brother motivates me,’’ said Brenda. “He has goals for himself and that has been
a great example to me. Coming from my neighborhood, people look at college as something
they can’t afford. But, this program really works and helps those in need to afford
college. The more education we get as individuals, the more it shows our community
that you can go to college and succeed.”