Student Stories


Stanislaus County Commission Honoring Outstanding Women

Tahmirah Mecca, NPM Alum

Tahmirah lives in Patterson and graduated from Invest in Me’s first cohort in 2013. She returned to the organization as a volunteer and works to help women collaborate for their personal and professional advancement. She facilitates Love Notes, in which young women learn about establishing healthy relationships. As a first-generation college student, she serves as a model for girls and seeks a career in public policy to bring equitable resources to the Central Valley so that it is a community of choice, where residents can thrive.


International Kitchen

Panna Cotta by Lea Kneller

Panna Cotta

Lea studied abroad in Italy through USAC during the summer of 2018 and was able to participate in an Italian cooking class! Check out her amazing dishes!


Adult Learner at Stan State Honored by Chancellor’s Office

Sokcon Swing

From as early as she can remember, Sokcon Swing has wanted to be a teacher, but the road that led to her goal wasn’t always smooth.

“I’ve gone through so many trials and tribulations,” she said. “Unlike most of my childhood friends, my parents didn’t grow up here. I didn’t have the same resources they had,” she added.

Swing moved the U.S. from Cambodia with her family in 1982 as they fled genocide, and as a first-generation college student her parents couldn’t help her apply to colleges, nor did they have the resources to help her financially.