Upward Scholars student profile: Silvia Gomez
First Medical Assistant grad lands a job!
Silvia Gomez is the first Upward Scholars student to graduate from Cañada College with a certificate in medical assisting. Days after graduating, she got a job as a medical assistant at an optometry clinic. 

While Silvia's job search was short and painless, her path to get there was anything but.
In Mexico, Silvia went to school through sixth grade. When, at age 16, she moved to the US and started high school, her classmates teased her because she was so far behind. Silvia dropped out and got a job at Jack in the Box.
Following in the footsteps of her aunt, Silvia then enrolled in an intensive nurse  assistant training program and eventually got a job at a nursing home on the night shift - from 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. - so she could go to school during the day. She took ESL classes at Sequoia Adult School and Cañada College, then embarked on the classes she needed to get her medical assisting certificate. She was in school for almost five years.
"There were so many times, when I wanted to give up. I ha d to work all night and take care of my daughter and take classes that were so difficult," Silvia says. "I almost quit, but I didn't. Now, I can't believe what I did."
Silvia has no intention of resting on her laurels. She's currently enrolled in Cañada College's pre-nursing program and, after that, hopes to enroll in a nursing program at a university.  
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March 23 Conversation Club

We had a record turnout at January's Conversation Club, with more than 80 students and "friends" attending. Come join the party!
When: Friday, March 23rd, 7 - 9 p.m. 
Where: Sequoia Adult School, 3247 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Theme : Siblings (or anything else you'd like to discuss!)
What to bring: If you'd like to bring a snack, please sign up on the RSVP form.
Parking: In the parking lot behind the school; access from Sixth Avenue, around the side of the school and through the gate.

If you think you can attend, RSVP here by March 9th! 
If you're not sure you can make it, sign up as "I think I can" to give us an idea of how many people to expect. If you're an Upward Scholars tutor, and want to encourage your student to attend, the student RSVP is here. You don't need to RSVP if you can't come.  
What is it?
The Upward Scholars Conversation Club is an informal gathering where Upward Scholars students and members of the Upward Scholars community meet to chat. We use a "speed-dating" model, where Upward Scholars students and community members pair off and chat for about 10 minutes before moving on to the next person. That way everyone has the opportunity to chat with multiple conversation partners.

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