Three former Moreno
Valley College students will be the featured speakers at Moreno Valley
College’s annual Veterans Breakfast on November 3.
The breakfast serves as a fundraiser for
the Veterans Scholarship Fund. The College is committed to “honoring members of the US Armed Forces
and recognizing Moreno Valley College’s commitment to being responsive to the
educational needs of the region,” said Lizette Tenorio, Veterans Services
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through the Admissions and
Records office at the College or by calling (951) 571-6101.
The three guest speakers are graduates of the College and used
Veterans Services to complete their education at MVC.
Cedric Cason was just 17 years of age when he joined the United
States Marine Corps. He spent 12 years in the service and was honorably discharged.
Trained as a logistics specialist,
personal administrative chief, purchasing and contracting specialist, Cason
believed his transition to the private sector would be smooth. He quickly went
to work for local companies, but when he turned 50 he realized with an
education he would have better opportunities. He enrolled at MVC in June of
2013 and California Baptist University in December of 2016. Today, he works as
a procurement contract specialist for the County of Riverside.
from Jacksonville, FL, Jay Villasenor entered the US Army in 1983. After 20
years, he retired with the rank of Sergeant First Class. During his military
career, Villasenor served in leadership positions from squad through brigade
level. He graduated from California Baptist University with a degree in
Organizational Leadership. He is presently one class away from earning his
master’s degree in Education, specializing in Educational Leadership.
Villasenor is currently the School Certifying Official/Veterans Coordinator for
California Baptist University.
Petty Officer 1st Class Navy Veteran and Moreno Valley College alumna Tamara
Thacker looks back on her time at Moreno Valley College with a mix of pride and
thankfulness. She was born into a family with a long, rich tradition of
military service. With the help of the Veterans Services staff, Thacker
succeeded in the classroom and made a difference at MVC — starting the College's
Veterans Club and expanding services to Veterans. Her achievements led her to
UC Santa Barbara where she graduated with a BA in Anthropology after earning degrees
in Math and Social and Behavioral studies at MVC. She has been honored as the
College’s Alumnus of the Year. Today, she is doing what she was meant to do, serving
as the coordinator of the Veteran Services division at UC Riverside.