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Hilda Castilleja is a full-time bilingual instructional assistant who works with Pre-K students in the Rockwall ISD. She’s a LeCroy Scholar who attends Eastfield College in the evening. She’s the first in her family to graduate from high school and attend college. Her older brothers dropped out of high school and work with their dad in the family business. Hilda is encouraging for her younger sister, who is a freshman in high school, to follow in her footsteps and attend college. She plans to finish her associate degree at Eastfield and transfer to Texas A&M-Commerce to earn her bachelor’s degree.
Michael Cooksey earned an associate degree in medical sonography from El Centro College, as well as an associate degree in radiology from Angelina College. He is accredited as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer (ABD, OBGYN) and registered vascular technologist (RVT) and is an American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) registered technologist (RT). He is the founder and manager of Quality Medical Imaging Services, which provides staffing services throughout the North Texas medical community.
Brad Hunt is the principal of Coppell High School. Brad attended Eastfield College before transferring to UNT where he earned his bachelor’s degree and UT Tyler where he earned his master’s degree. As the top administrator at Coppell High School, he is responsible for managing 250 staff members and 2,700 students.
Don Massey is a production designer at istation, an interactive educational software company. He earned an associate degree in computer software from Eastfield College and a bachelor’s degree in management technology from Amberton University before starting the Game Design program at Richland. He graduated from the Richland College Interactive Simulation and Game Design program in May 2010.
John Salinas is a cardiac sonographer at Parkland Hospital. He earned an associate degree in Echocardiology from El Centro College in June 2003, a bachelor’s degree from UNT in December 2007 and a second associate degree in Business Administration from Mountain View College in August 2008.
Manuel Sarmiento is a metal artist who has a day job at Central Steel & Supply, but his passion is his art — metal sculptures. His work is sold through Artisan’s Collective in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District. He earned an associate degree in Auto Body Technology from Eastfield College and studied welding at Mountain View College.
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Bianca Teniente is a LeCroy Scholar who attends Brookhaven College and plans to become an elementary school teacher. During her first year at Brookhaven, she served as public relations officer for the BHC Student Government Association. She is a six-star member of the college’s Student Leadership Institute and serves as vice president of membership for the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. Bianca works for the University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center where she helps youngsters ages 2 to 5 who are hearing impaired.
Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Christie Thomas is the youngest of eight children and the first in her family to earn a college degree. Christie got married right after high school and had a son. She was managing a RaceTrac gas station when she had her “ah ha!” moment and realized that there was so much more she could do with her life. She started at El Centro in 1993 because it was on the bus line and she was able to get financial aid and scholarships.
Devon Warner is a credentialing coordinator for AnesthesiaCare. She processes credentials that enable doctors to practice in area hospitals. She earned an associate degree in Medical Staff Services from El Centro College in May 2009. The program is totally online.
Lindsay Weatherread attended Fashion Design classes at El Centro College from 2002 to 2004 and went to work before she could finish one last class to earn the associate degree. She is the new faces and development director for The Campbell Agency. Her fashion design line, L. Weatherread Design, is based in Dallas and carries eco-friendly baby and maternity wear that is sold online and is also carried in upscale independent clothing stores in Texas and Oklahoma. She was named Best Fashion Designer in the 2008 Dallas Observer awards. Her designs have been featured in Lucky Magazine, Indulge, The Dallas Morning News and “Good Day Texas.”
Featuring: Loretta Allen, Jay Belmarez, Hilda Castilleja, Debby Chiang, Michael Cooksey, Carol Egusquiza, Brad Hunt, LaQueena Johnson, Don Massey, John Salinas, Manuel Sarmiento, Bianca Teniente, Christie Thomas, Zachary Thompson, Devon Warner, Lindsay Weatherread