Scott Weigand – Director of the Academic Resource Center
Imagine floating between jobs, careers and different colleges. How did a career challenge focus Scott’s life to one of supporting and building up faculty, students, and peers? Hear the story behind one of the podcast’s hosts, Scott Weigand.
April Forest, LA Valley/Pitzer College Alumni
How does a single mom without straight A’s get an elite private college to pay for her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and travel to research in Africa, Puerto Rico and Asia? What kind of person does Pitzer College want to invest in? (Warning mature topics and words used.)
Dr. Erika Endrijonas – Former President of Los Angeles Valley College
Ever wondered about the path to becoming a college president? Meet Dr. Erika Endrijonas, former LAVC President and now Superintendent/President at Pasadena City College. Listen to her journey that details her path from undergraduate school to being engaged in transformative work across different colleges in support of student success.
Dr. Darby Southgate, Sociology Professor
Have you ever fantasized about sneaking out of your house and hanging out with rock stars in the local clubs? As a kid, Darby Southgate lived that fantasy. Hear her story as she details her passion for music and the path that ultimately led her to pursue an academic career as a sociologist focused on teaching, publishing, and research.
Clive Gordon: Career Counselor
Follow Clive’s story of selling fruit on the streets of Belize to traveling Europe in service of our country to becoming a career counselor who helps students find a professional direction in their lives.
Dr. John Kawai – Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ever felt desperate? How do you recover from a career ending disability? How do you find a new career at 40 after being sidelined for 10 years? Hear the story of one of our podcast’s host’s hustle to find a way out of his mal-employment hole.
Ana Trujillo, Associate Professor Mathematics
Ever see someone studying midnight alone at Starbucks? Ever wonder who they are and what drives them? Meet Ana Trujillo, a professor who uses those experiences to challenge minorities and women to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) majors.
Kassidy Miller, STEM Counselor
What if you paid your way through college and discovered that your high paying job was unfulfilling? Who would you ask for help? Kassidy asked Yelp, and it directed her to a job filled with meaning.
Dr. Elliott Coney – Black Scholars Counselor
What if your job was to amplify the voices of African American students on campus? Elliott Coney’s mission is to support LA Valley College in meeting our black students at their greatest points of challenge.
George Caleodis – Associate Professor of Mathematics
What would happen if you combined a stand-up comedian/improv actor with Calculus? Meet George Caleodis who makes a career in both worlds.
Dr. Llanet Martin - Associate Dean of Student Equity
How does a student go from walking into a community college with dreams of being “the make-up artist to the stars,” to becoming a community advocate on the campus of Harvard, UCLA and now LA Valley College?