GoGirl! Grant Recipients
COD/Early Childhood Education Certificate; AA degree; Special Education Teacher. Anticipated Graduation date: Dec 2023
Janie was born and raised in our beautiful Coachella Valley. She has always been passionate and determined to work with individuals with special needs. In fact, her first job after graduating from Palm Springs High School was to work in the special education department with Palm Springs Unified School District. Ten year later, after working with special needs children at the school district, she is still filled with joy, excitement, growth and never a dull moment. She has also participated in sports and has been instrumental in starting a special needs soccer team to ensure that everyone, no matter their capabilities or medical conditions are included and have the opportunity to enjoy team sports.
Janie’s goal is to continue her studies at College of the Desert and to become a Special Education Teacher.
Her dream is to continue to work with PSUSD in a greater capacity within the Special Education Department.
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 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.
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.
As a child, Anastasia Midkiff was ambitious in all her endeavors and it followed her into adulthood. She is a licensed Esthetician and worked diligently to move up in her field. She expanded her knowledge and added certifications under her license. Although a successful Esthetician, she knew she needed more financial stability and insurance for her family. At this point she went to trade school to obtain her Phlebotomy license. She was then hired at a local hospital in an entry level lab position. Once again, her ambitions kicked in. Finding her passion in this field, she came to the conclusion that if she wants a better life for her son, she needs to lead by example. Her path has taken her back to the College of the Desert where she is studying to become a Medical Lab Technician. An MLT is a technician that works alongside a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and runs tests on blood and body fluid specimens.
She is bound and determined and will not fail. She wants to prove to both she and her son that she can and will do better for them.