Top: Stephen Kodur, Nataly Frias and Veronica Mendez Garcia. Bottom: Alicia Bias, Brianna Zatarain and Isaac Bates.
CVHEC’s ‘Video Stars’ to Make Appearance at Summit May 6
A special feature of the 2022 CHEVC Summit will be participation by five students who were featured in two Central Valley Higher Education Consortium videos in the past year.
The Student Experiences Panel will feature four students and one alumnus including Stephen Kodur, a Reedley College Class of 2021 graduate who served as president of the California Community College Student Senate last year and is now on CCCSS staff as a community organizer, and Veronica Mendez Garcia, current student body president of Fresno Pacific University.
Both were featured in CVHEC’s broadband access video released last year highlighting disparity issues that the pandemic exposed. They will discuss those experiences as well as their collegiate experience in general.
Three other student panelists were also featured in a CVHEC video on dual enrollment that was released last month: Nataly Frias, a current Fresno State junior who earned two associate degrees at age 17 even before receiving her Turlock High School diploma last June; and two current high school students taking dual enrollment classes, Alicia Bias of Washington Union High School who is also enrolled in Fresno City College courses and Isaac Bates of Corcoran High School who is enrolled in College of Sequoias courses.
Also participating will be Brianna Zatarain who completed five dual enrollment courses through Bakersfield College while attending Robert F. Kennedy High School in Delano where she resides. She is now completing requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at California State University, Bakersfield where the degree will be conferred in May before beginning her credential program at University of La Verne (Bakersfield) in the fall. Brianna currently works as a teacher’s aide in a McFarland elementary school with her sights set on a career as an educator.