Pico Promise Helps Local Youth Aim Higher

Twelve years ago, Gabriela Corona was a Samohi senior who made $7 an hour working in the stock room of Fred Segal. Arnold Cortez’s immigrant parents fully supported his decision to go to college, but couldn’t show him the ropes. Santa Monica College’s Pico Promise program transformed Gabriela’s life, and, in a poetic twist, she came back to help others—Arnold included. Read More

Oliver Campbell

Ranger to Corsair: Oliver Campbell

U.S. Army veteran Oliver Campbell almost lost his life in Afghanistan. Now headed to Dartmouth, he wants to help save other lives. Read More

Organic Learning Garden

A Learning and Healing Garden

SMC’s Organic Learning Garden—one of the first at a California community college—teaches students how to grow food, and helps them heal. Read More

Josh Elizondo

Big People, Big Problems

Spent partly in foster care, Josh Elizondo’s childhood was bleak. But it forced him to see that he was “bigger than his circumstances.” Read More

Mohave Desert Road Night

SMC Bragging Rights

From China to Utah, and Vienna to West Hollywood—these employees showed off their SMC pride. Plus, a photojournalism professor captures the Mojave Desert, and a police officer wins in bowling. Read More

Undocumented Ally Group

Because They Cared: Undocumented Ally Program

When DACA was rescinded, four SMC employees came together to show undocumented students that they cared. Read More