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Success Stories

Adam Makonnen

Adam Makonnen

The proximity of PVCC coupled with the opportunity to have familial support and receiving the president’s scholarship proved a perfect recipe for success for Adam Makonnen. 

Among Adam’s most positive memories is the open-mic night that… Read more about Adam Makonnen

Adam Wong

Adam Wong

Upon graduating from Paradise Valley High School, Adam knew he wanted to immediately transition into college. Finances were tight, and PVCC made it easy and very affordable. The financial aid department helped him secure Pell grants, “which made… Read more about Adam Wong

Adrionna Hatfield

Adrionna Hatfield

Adrionna Hatfield is among the first graduates of PVCC’s program in Healthcare Technology Systems. She was an honors student, and secured a coveted internship at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Like many students, Adrionna entered PVCC as an… Read more about Adrionna Hatfield

Afam Nwambuonwo

Afam Nwambuonwo

After his father’s untimely death, Afam’s family emigrated from Nigeria to the US in 1996. His father was an officer in the army, while his mother taught English at the local high school. Making the transition from Lagos, Nigeria where he was… Read more about Afam Nwambuonwo

Alan East

Alan East

As a stay-at-home parent, Alan East wanted to expand his skill set in preparation for the time when he would rejoin the workforce. Returning to a college environment can be intimidating as a middle-aged adult but at PVCC, Alan shared that he “… Read more about Alan East

Aleksandra Tesanovic

Aleksandra Tesanovic

While in high school, Aleksandra Tesanovic’s advisor recommended the Early College (EC) program. She says her decision to enroll, “was one of the best decisions” because “not only did I get to prepare for university, and make friends and… Read more about Aleksandra Tesanovic

Alex Affronti and Marisa Fedeli

Alex Affronti and Marisa Fedeli

Marisa was the first of this dynamic duo to attend PVCC.  Her motivating force was that she was "pretty terrified of going to the university." And since she did not have a clear direction regarding her educational path, she selected PVCC because… Read more about Alex Affronti and Marisa Fedeli

Alexis Croisdale (Kuhbander)

Alexis Croisdale (Kuhbander)

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Alexis became a PVCC Puma.  During her senior year of high school, she became aware of the President’s Honors Scholarship. Alexis shared, “The scholarship covered my first two years attending PVCC, which was… Read more about Alexis Croisdale (Kuhbander)

Alexis Peterson

Alexis Peterson

Alexis Peterson was undecided on what major to choose when graduating from Shadow Mountain High School, but after taking her placement tests, she found a welcoming environment in PVCC’s Honors program. Throughout her years at PVCC, the Honors… Read more about Alexis Peterson

Alondra Alvarez Ortiz

Alondra Alvarez Ortiz

When Alondra Angelica Alvarez Ortiz was seven years old, her family moved from Mexico to the U.S. She spent every night thereafter crying herself to sleep—she missed her little hometown of Gomez Palacio, visiting her tia’s snack cart after school… Read more about Alondra Alvarez Ortiz

Amanda Adkins

Amanda Adkins

Street art by Amanda Adkins graces several buildings in downtown Phoenix.  Her work has the traditional aspects of oil painting mixed with spray paint that gives it a pop art, street feel.  This PVCC Alumna has been painting murals since 2010. … Read more about Amanda Adkins

Amber Barry MS, BSN, RN

Amber Barry MS, BSN, RN

Amber came to PVCC with a desire to pursue her second career. She was inspired by the nursing care her Mother received while battling cancer. Amber was working at John C. Lincoln at the time and they had a partnership with PVCC. She was fortunate… Read more about Amber Barry MS, BSN, RN

Amber Montanez

Amber Montanez

Choosing to attend PVCC was easy for Amber Montanez. She lived in the neighborhood and wasn’t sure what she wanted to do plus attending PVCC meant she could still work and go to school.

She developed meaningful connections with several… Read more about Amber Montanez

Ana Laura Sierra Reyes

Ana Laura Sierra Reyes

As a first generation college student, Laura needed to learn how to navigate the educational system on her own as her parents “did not have a clue.” She was the first person in her entire family and her small community to finish an Associate’s… Read more about Ana Laura Sierra Reyes

Anthony Kern, NDTR

Anthony Kern, NDTR

Anthony Kern’s interest in pursuing an associate degree in Dietetics was the impetus for him to attend PVCC. Anthony shared that all the instructors he had were influential in their own way and that he “learned so much from each of them.” Beth… Read more about Anthony Kern, NDTR