Saturday, February 27, 2010

FURTHER INFORMATION:        STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, KARINE PONCE (626) 646-9749


Covina Resident Serves as Official Student Host of Citrus College
by Rachel White


Covina resident Karine Ponce is currently serving as a Citrus College Student Ambassador.


The 19-year-old sociology major joins eight other students who have been serving in this elite position since the start of the fall 2009 semester.


“The Citrus College Student Ambassador Program is comprised of a select group of knowledgeable, motivated and enthusiastic students with specialized skills who work together as a team to represent Citrus College in a variety of activities,” said Ivon McCraven, coordinator of the Student Ambassador Program.


“I am very blessed to be a student ambassador and the Citrus College student trustee,” Ponce said.  “I never take it for granted.  I have met such great people along the way.  Being involved has really helped me develop as a person as well as become a well rounded student.”


Ponce’s role as a student ambassador includes escorting students on campus tours, staffing booths at college fairs, speaking at local high schools and representing Citrus College at community events.


“Citrus is a great school full of opportunity if you are willing to work hard,” Ponce said.  “I hope to reach out to disadvantaged students who normally would not consider college as an option and first generation college students who need extra support.”


Prior to enrolling at Citrus College, Ponce said she was disillusioned by the social pressure to attend a university directly after graduating from high school.


“I did not give community colleges the respect they deserve,” Ponce admitted.  “I chose to attend Citrus because I, honestly, did not qualify to go to a university right away.”


Once a student, Ponce decided that Citrus was a perfect fit for her.


“Citrus is close to home and I love the size of the campus,” she said.  “I love the Career/Transfer Center and its entire staff.  I also love the Honors Program and our student services, such as EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services).”


Ponce hopes to transfer to the University of California, Berkeley as a sociology major and eventually join the Peace Corps.  Her goal is to one day write public policy for the United Nations to help third world countries combat poverty and disease.




FURTHER INFORMATION:        STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, KARINE PONCE (626) 646-9749


Karine Ponce