Alumni Stories

William Woerz III

William Woerz III was a student at Norco College in 2001 when terrorists destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City.

The attack compelled William to postpone his education and to enlist in the U.S. Army. He chose Topographic Surveyor as his Military Occupational Specialty so he could build on the drafting skills he had already acquired at Norco College.

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William Woerz III
Norco College Alumni
Class of 2013​

Kyla Burdette

Kyla Burdette used the birth of her daughter to restart her education.

Seven years removed from graduating Valley View High School and six years after giving birth to Nevaeh Montgomery, Burdette will gather with her Class of 2014 peers on June 12 at College Park to celebrate the completion of their associate degrees and certificates earned at Moreno Valley College (MVC).

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Kyla Burdette
Moreno Valley College Alumni
Class of 2014

Bree Dennis

Bree Dennis grew up with the words “you are not good enough” engrained in her head.  However, she did not let the verbal abuse stop her from living her life and pursuing an education.
“I grew up with divorced parents and a sister.  My parents were often yelling and physically fighting with each other. I attended more than 20 different schools before high school," said Dennis. “My mother and sister were in and out of mental hospitals and I was left to fend for myself.”

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Bree Dennis

Riverside City College Alumni
Class of 2014

​​​​​​​​​Liseth Espinoza
Liseth Espinoza joined the Marine Corps Reserves right out of high school.  She survived boot camp and combat training.
“It was a challenge but I wanted to do it,” Liseth said.  “I wanted to do something bigger than myself.”
She then took on another challenge. With her parents’ encouragement, she became the first in her family to go to college.
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Liseth Espinoza
Norco College Alumni
Class of 2013


Life wasn’t ideal, but for Tabitha Johnson, married at 19, it was her reality.
Still, the bills were paid.
Sons Alex, Christian and Nathaniel were healthy.
Her husband, David, however, was permanently disabled, the result of an on-the-job injury.
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Tabitha Johnson
Norco College Alumni
Class of 2014