Disability Student Finds Support at SBVC

Amaka Edith Eboka found the support she needed at San Bernardino Valley College. She first enrolled at SBVC in the summer of 2010, and returned in fall 2015. Eboka is disabled, and did not have any resources until she arrived at SBVC. “When I came back to SBVC, I had nothing,” she said. “My hopes were shattered. The only job I knew how to do was nurse assistant, which I could no longer do due to my ill health.” Eboka’s daughter was born with sickle cell anemia, and both were in and out of the hospital. “I was beginning to lose it,” she said, but “when I stepped into SBVC, the CalWORKs staff embraced Boeing Representative Shares Insight with SBVC Aerospace Students.

During a recent visit to the San Bernardino Valley College campus, Boeing’s Randy Smith shared with 90 aerospace students what a typical day is like at the company. Smith is the senior operations manager for the delivery center, and talked about job responsibilities, Boeing’s hiring process, and what it’s like to live in the Seattle area. SBVC hopes he will return in the spring to give another presentation and interview new graduates. “Mr. Smith demystified how it is to work for such a large corporation and made it real for our students,” Peggy Weber of the Applied Technology, Transportation, and Culinary Arts Division on campus said. me and encouraged me.” CalWORKs helps students reach their educational goals by providing assistance with services like employment assistance, child care, and book vouchers.Eboka said the team has gone the “extra mile” to provide her with not only support and counseling, but necessities like clothing.

Other departments on campus have lended a helping hand as well. The SBVC Police Department recently surprised her with a small room heater. “I am pleased to be associated with SBVC Disabled Student Programs and Services, as they have a great support program for all disabled students,” Eboka said. “Ms. Ana [Bojorquez] is always willing to help every student that walks into the High Tech Center, and I think that’s awesome.”

Eboka is studying human services, and plans on becoming a substance abuse counselor. She has enjoyed taking classes with professors Melinda Moneymaker, Maria Cox, and Scott Hoage, who all told her one thing: “You can do it, don’t ever give up.” “I appreciate my professors for their hard work,” she said. Eboka lives with pain every day, “but I do not allow my limitation to determine how far I can go in life,” she said.

The support she has received from financial aid, CalWORKs, and other departments has helped Eboka push forward, with her determination carrying her further. “There is an ability in every disability,” she said.