GoGirl! Grant Recipients

Alejandra Castro

Alejandra Castro

College of the Desert/Nursing
Anticipated Graduation date: June 2023

 Alejandra is the oldest daughter of immigrant parents and a single parent to three amazing children. Her parents came to this country to give she and her siblings a better life and opportunities.

Alejandra has been in the medical field for over ten years as a Monitor Technician and Phlebotomist. There she discovered her passion for helping those who cannot help themselves.

Enrolling in college to pursue her Associate’s degree in Registered Nursing after many years was challenging as she works to support her family. Her children are her motivation to keep going. She wants to be the best she can be and lead by example. She wants her children to know that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and work hard.

Her current goal is to obtain her Nursing degree. She will then continue to study for her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with the ultimate goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine in the Coachella Valley.

She wants to focus on helping Spanish speaking patients with chronic conditions, taking the time to properly educate them and advocate for them while encouraging them to actively participate in their health. She would like to continue to do her part in making a difference and consistently do her best for our local community.

Cheyla Higareda

Cheyla Higareda

California Desert Trial Academy/Juris
Anticipated Graduation date: 2026

Cheyla was born in Indio, California. She is the oldest of four sisters. Her parents fled the poverty that surrounded them in Mexico and came to the United States. They both worked various heavy labor jobs throughout the years to give she and her sisters a chance at a better life. Witnessing the sacrifices her parents made daily encouraged Cheyla to make their sacrifices count. Therefore, at the age of fourteen she decided to become an attorney because she realized that unlike them, she was fortunate enough to have citizenship, knowledge of the English language, and two parents who supported her dream of obtaining a higher education.

Cheyla has always been an exemplary student. She graduated high school with honors, continued on to the University of Redlands and was recognized on the Dean’s Honor List and followed that with a master’s degree in Practical Theology with Cum Lade Honors.

Now Cheyla is pursuing her true passion at California Desert Trial Academy where she will be studying for her Juris degree with an anticipated graduation date of 2026.

Her long-term goal is to become an established attorney within the Coachella Valley. She wants to make a positive and genuine difference within her community.

Amber Hoose

Amber Hoose

COD/AA Business Administration. Anticipated Graduation date:  December 2022

 Amber has overcome incredible circumstances; drug addicted parents, foster care, being addicted herself, having a child adopted and living on the streets for two years. She has fought these battles throughout her life and overcome them all with determination and humility. She knows that continuing her education at College of the Desert is the best decision she has ever made.

Her three children have encouraged her every step along the way by cheering her on and have helped her understand that education is essential; not only for herself, but for them as well.

Amber is on track to graduate from College of the Desert with an AA in Business Administration this fall. She will then transfer to CSUSB and pursue her Accounting Degree. Amber’s long-term goal is to open an accounting business in the Coachella Valley.

 

Briana Jandt

Briana Jandt

Briana aspired to a higher education from a very young age. After personal struggles and many roadblocks along the way, Briana was able to move forward and is excelling in her college journey, maintaining a 4.0 GPA at College of the Desert.  She had the honor of being one of two student speakers for the 2020 College of the Desert Commencement Ceremony. Now, Briana is a full-time student at CSUSB PD and has completed her first semester in the nursing program.

In addition to her college success, she has also maintained weekly involvement in her local community.  She is a leader in a ministry with Southwest Church and is able to walk alongside other women who are struggling and has the opportunity to share the hope and freedom she has found. As a single mother of a young daughter, life is beautiful, but not always easy.  Briana is grateful that she has the opportunities in front of her to provide a better life for both of them.  She knows that her life experiences will provide the opportunity to connect with her patients authentically as an RN.

Her goal is to work in a local hospital in the Coachella Valley in either the ER or disease prevention. With perseverance, grit, support and motivation, she will continue to pursue the college dream instilled in her so long ago.

 

Tanya Martinez

Tanya Martinez

ln 2012 Tanya received her Associate’s degree in Business Administration. Her goal was to become a manager in a retail company. However, she discovered she didn’t have the passion for retail management and began searching for what would make her happy.

ln 2016 Tanya began taking classes in order to apply for the nursing program at College of the
Desert. Earning A’s and B’s, she gained more confidence and realized she does love what it
takes to become a nurse. She became friends with her classmates and became even more excited about her future. After completing her first semester at College of the Desert in the nursing program, Tanya has realized even more that nursing is her passion and that she could wake up every morning proud of her career and accomplishments. She has immersed herself in her program and plans on gaining as much knowledge from her fellow students and instructors so she can take that knowledge into her practice. Helping patients has made her extremely happy and fulfilled, which is what she’s been wanting her whole life.