Young Alumnus of the Year

The Young Alumnus Awards, which began in 2011, recognize graduates under the age of 40 who are making significant contributions to society or within their respective professions, and whose accomplishments and careers reflect favorably upon the college district or one of the three colleges.

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Moreno Valley College Young Alumnus of the Year

Noelle Hansen

Noelle Hansen 
Class of 2015
Notable graphic designer and community volunteer 

Noelle Hansen was born and raised int he city of Moreno Valley, the youngest of three girls. She attended Vista Del Lago High School before transferring to Choice 2000, a charter school in the city of Perris where she was salutatorian of her graduating class. 

Hansen chose to attend Moreno Valley College because it has always been a special place for her. She spent most of her childhood watching her mother further her education and vividly remembers her mother and older sisters attending and graduating from MVC, which influenced her decision to enroll.

Hansen excelled during her time at MVC, earning repeated placement of the Dean's List. Her passion for drawing, story, and design catalyzed her involvement with MVC's Game Art program, where she mentored students as a student aide. Hansen was also highly involved in the STEM program. She was instrumental in launching the STEM website, the STEM Mobile Innovation Center, and the mobile planetarium. Hansen has assisted with the coordination of numerous MVC and community events and continues to volunteer with local and out-of-state organizations and businesses designing websites, web-based service systems, logos, and promotional materials.

A significant accomplishment was earning a permanent position as the web applications technician at MVC.

Hansen graduated from Moreno Valley College in 2015 with an associate of science degree in Simulation and Gaming and an associate of art degree in Fine and Applied Art. She is currently finishing her baccalaureate in Fine Art with dual concentrations in Graphic Design and Illustration at California State University, Fullerton, her father's alma mater. During her time as a Cal State Fullerton student, her academic standing has earned her invitations to the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She is due to graduate fall 2018.

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