After 65 Years, Mission Accomplished

Over six decades after he’d dropped out of law school, Saul Isler wanted to earn a college degree. This time round, he found his niche—at Santa Monica College. He found a community and a diverse campus culture that made him “kvell.” To the list of freelance columnist, patent draftsman, business owner, and fiction writer, this 85-year-old has added: college graduate. Read More

Aqueelah English

How Aqueelah English Found Herself Again

Aqueelah English was at a crossroads when she discovered SMC and its Guardian Scholars program. Read More

Vanessa Dotson

Dreams Do Come True

She’d been homeless, uncared for. Then while driving for Uber one day, a passenger told Vanessa Dotson about a place she liked. Read More

Oliver Harris

Positive Psychology

Five years after dropping out of high school, Oliver Harris came to SMC. The sense of order he sought quickly became a journey—and it’s taking him to an Ivy League school. Read More

Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights

A Fulbright fellowship to Spain, dancing on the East Coast, riding & raising over $11,000 for HIV/AIDS services, an award for getting us to work sustainably. Read More

Alex Boyd and Hermin Price

Alex Boyd and Hermin Price

Hermin Price came to visit SMC, wondering why her baby was so fixated with this place. Four years later, mother and daughter would graduate together. Read More