Comet Stories

CNA Grad Tatiana Frank ‘Has Moved Way, Way Up The Ladder’

Tatiana Frank was a 17-year-old De Anza High School student involved in Contra Costa College’s law enforcement youth academy, with her sights set on becoming a lawyer. Then, a classmate told her about CCC’s Certified Nursing Assistant program. She says that completely changed her perspective. “I...

Meet 2018 Study Abroad Scholar Jonathon Torres

The Contra Costa Community College District has a great study abroad program – but some years, no one from CCC applies at all! Retired Chancellor Dr. Helen Benjamin and retired Senior Dean of Research & Development Tim Clow want more students to be able to take advantage...

‘No One Can Take An Education Away’

Iracema Camargo Garcia has faced challenges that most of us can’t fathom. “I suffered a lot in my country,” she remembers. But Iracema is a fighter. No matter what challenges faced her, she persevered. Iracema emigrated from Mexico when she was 20 years old. “It was...

Digital Film Grad Hector Ortiz Wins Filmmaking Grant

This week, CCC graduate Hector Ortiz began principal photography on Announcement, the film for which he was awarded a grant by the Richmond Arts Commission. The short will focus on how the end of DACA impacts one Dreamer’s family. “Whether you support immigration rights or are...

Kristin Lobos Found Self-Confidence at CCC

Kristin Lobos didn’t come to CCC for an associate degree. Inspired by her daughter’s struggle, Kristin had planned on earning a certificate in addiction treatment. “I had been through this experience with my daughter,” Kristin explains, “and I wanted to help other families. I did some...

Duy Masuno Went from Business Major to Biotech Pro

Duy Masuno was born in Vietnam. When she was a teenager, her mother asked if she wanted to study abroad. Duy jumped at the opportunity. She moved to Los Angeles, where she completed high school. When family in the Bay Area told her mother that there...

Marisol Contreras Discovered Her Potential at CCC

Marisol Contreras joined the Metas program later than most. She was unhappy at her regular school, where eighth grade classmates weren’t as interested in learning as she was, and some of the teachers actually discouraged her from trying. “I wanted to learn,” she remembers. “I was...