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College & Career Center: Programs

College & Career Center

Online and in-person workshops with one-on-one meetings for success


Transition Specialists in the College and Career Center help LearningQuest students, HSE graduates, and the justice involved community fulfill their college and career goals.  Upon enrollment, HSE students meet with a Transition Specialist to decide on their post-graduation path.  While enrolled in the program, they meet with specialists to set future goals and attend workshops to build their skills.   


Preparing for College

Whether you choose community college or trade school, our staff is ready to help you with:

  • College Admission Applications

  • Financial Aid Applications

  • Registering for College Classes

Preparing for Your Career

Ready to land your dream job? Career Services is the place to start on this journey! Get help with:

  • Resume Writing

  • Assistance with Job Searching

  • Assistance with Job Applications

  • Interview Preparation Workshops

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College & Career Center: Who We Are
Michelle Gonzalez

A Journey of Courage:

Michelle Gonzalez’s Journey through the Magic of Education

Michelle Gonzalez's journey began far from the supportive community that Modesto, California has to offer. Michelle was born and raised in Nayarit, Mexico, and faced numerous challenges. Arriving in the United States at just 18 years old, she faced the daunting challenge of adapting to a new language and culture, all while missing the comforting presence of her parents. She bravely embraced each obstacle with a mix of fear, determination, and hope.


The discovery of LearningQuest was a turning point for Michelle. We provided her with the support and encouragement she needed to pursue her dreams, including obtaining her High School Equivalency Diploma. From academic support to personal guidance, LearningQuest became a place where Michelle felt empowered to push through and achieve her goals. Ultimately, she successfully graduated from our program.


Currently, she is enrolled in 11 units at Modesto Junior College and faces another hurdle: financial aid. Being only 19 years old and lacking her parents' financial information, accessing financial aid seemed like an insurmountable challenge. Yet, with the support of LearningQuest's Transitions team, Michelle is navigating the complex world of financial aid, determined to secure the resources she needs to continue her education.


Her aspirations extend far beyond academic success: Michelle envisions herself transferring to Stanislaus State University to study Spanish, with hopes of one day sharing her love for the language with others as a teacher.


From her uncertain beginnings in Mexico to her budding dreams in Modesto, Michelle's story is a reminder of the power of human resilience and the transformative magic of education.

Questions about Transition Services?  Contact:


Vanessa C.

Lead Transition Specialist


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Yanely G.

Program Manager of Transition Services

(English & Español)

College & Career Center: Meet the Team
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