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Adriana’s hard-working parents—a mom who works at a factory for airplane parts and a dad who builds food trucks—inspired her to pursue a different type of career.  While she watched her brothers struggle and fail to finish college, she became more determined to be the first in her family to graduate from a 4-year university. At Ganesha High School, she joined Bright Prospect, a college access organization that brought her into a peer group of students who were also committed to graduating from college. Adriana worked with these students to help plan Bright Prospect’s first Summer Academy. When Adriana was not accepted to the 4-year universities that she applied to, she refused to give up.  With Bright Prospect’s guidance and encouragement, she started at Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) and participated in the Bridge Program, which helps incoming students make a more successful transition to college. Through effort and hard work and the continued support of Bright Prospect, Adriana earned her AS in 3 years and transferred to Cal Poly Pomona, where she is now majoring in Hospitality Management. All the while, she holds several part-time jobs and makes time to give back to Bright Prospect and help fellow first-generation-to-college students.  It is only a matter of time before Adriana achieves her dream of giving her parents the proud moment of seeing her cross that stage with a diploma in hand.

To hear more success stories like Adriana’s, please come Bright Prospect’s 10-Year Anniversary Luncheon on March 7, 2013, sponsored in part by Fairplex and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. For more information or to make a reservation, call (909) 623 9007 or visit www.brightprospect.org.

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