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Welcome High School Students

Whether you are a high school student thinking about adding college classes to your schedule as a Special Admit student, or a senior considering LMC as your next step, this your page. You will find links to the college application, steps to enrollment, campus services, and more.


Meet our Welcome Services ambassadors


Group photo of Welcome Services ambassadors


As Student Ambassadors with Welcome Services we welcome prospective students and their families to Los Medanos College and provide information regarding LMC’s programs and services. We also assist with orientations, high-school visits, campus tours, and other special events. We are proud to represent the college and we want to get future students excited about attending Los Medanos too!


Mahli Bothi

Claudia VasquezMajor: Administration of Justice, Psychology

High School: Deer Valley


Hello. My name is Mahlieli Bothi, but you can all call me Mahlie which sounds like Molly. I graduated from Deer Valley High School in 2015 and then came to Los Medanos to further my academic career in the fall of that same year. Here at LMC, I became a part of the Transfer Academy, which helped me make more friends. I am an officer for the Computer Science Club here on campus, so I encourage all who have an interest to come and join us or to join any other club for that matter. Of course, I'm also a Student Ambassador, so if you ever need anything, I am more than happy to help!


My ultimate Goal is to transfer and major in Political Science with hopes of becoming a lawyer. As of now, I plan on receiving AS-T degrees in both Administration of Justice and Psychology in order to prepare me for what I want to do in the future. Studying at LMC has allowed me to develop skills and network with many people who have helped push me toward what I aspore to be in the future, and I hope we can all do the same for you.


Here at LMC we welcome you to join us and ask any questions you may have. Don't be shy; say hi!


Robert Reilly

Robert Riley

Major: Biology

High School: Freedom


My name is Robert Reilly and this will be my second year at LMC. I graduated from Freedom High School in June of 2015 and came to LMC to study Biology. My plan is to go through the Biological Sciences Program at LMC then transfer to a 4 year college where I’ll take the MCAT so that I can get into a good medical school. My ultimate goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon (not to be confused with an orthodontist). I was a good student in high school and with med school in mind the idea of paying so much for the first two years at a 4 year I could avoid didn’t sound right. With finances in mind I decided LMC was the way to go in order to get where I wanted cost effectively and efficiently.


I have extensive experience playing and coaching soccer as well as participating in clubs. Whenever I get down time I end up hanging out with friends, playing some soccer, working out, practicing my cooking, reading science journals, or browsing through Grey’s Anatomy.


Maika Jiminez

Leonardo Bojorquez

Major: History
High School: Pittsburg


Hi there! My name is Maika Jiminez and I am 19 years old. I graduated from Pittsburg High School in 2015 and began attending LMC in fall 2015. I was born in Mexico and then moved to California when I was three years old. I am currently in my second year at LMC and am majoring in History on the path to transferring to Sacramento State university or San Francisco State University by spring 2018.


When I first started LMC, I did not participate in much of the activities or clubs. I went to school and then went back home again. It wasn't until my second semester that I began to get more involved. I joined the Honors Program, EOPS, became an Outreach Ambassador, and later on joined a couple of clubs, which allowed me to meet new people.


My goal is to become a high school history teacher and then eventually get my Masters and teach at a community college. In my free time I like to read, draw, listen to music, and watch movies.

Devin Cooper

Ally Gutierrez

Major: Computer Science

High School: Cornerstone Christian


Hello, my name is Devin Cooper. My major is Computer Science and this is my second year of college. I am currently working on getting my associates degree for transfer in Computer Science. My first semester was spent at a community college in Missouri after moving there for a short six months. I decided to move back to California so that I could go to LMC and transfer to a CSU. I plan on transferring to Sacramento State by next year.


LMC has given me a great opportunity to learn and grow at my own pace. It has also helped me break out of my shell and become a more friendly and open person.


In my free time I enjoy playing video games, guitar, and watching soccer. I love helping people and if you see me on campus, don't be afraid to say hi.


Heavenly Prater Heavenly  Prater

Major: Psychology

High School: Pittsburg


My name is Heavenly Prater and I am 18 years old. I received my high school diploma in the summer of 2014 from Pittsburg High School and started my education at LMC during the fall of the same year. I am majoring in Psychology and hope to become an educational counselor at the college level. In the summer of 2015 I worked with the students enrolled in the LMC Summer Bridge program, and that is where my interest in educational counseling was discovered! Here at LMC, I am involved in the Transfer Academy learning community. I plan on transferring to either a UC or CSU with an associate degree within the next two years.


Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed helping others and getting involved in activities within my community. I find fun in almost anything! To name a few things, I enjoy fundraising, studying theater, and having a good laugh. I find it easy to get along with others and am always looking forward to making someone’s day easier. I strive to find the best things in life and am enjoying the process of discovering who I am!


Brynna Graham

Brynna Graham

Major: Psychology

High School: Dozier Libbey


My name is Brynna Graham. I graduated from Dozier-Libbey Medical High School in 2013 and have lived in the Pittsburg/Antioch area my whole life. I actually attended SFSU my freshman year, but discovered that SF state was not for me (it’s always so cold). Since I also didn’t know what I wanted to major in, I decided that attending LMC was the best course of action for me.


This is my second year at LMC and I am now majoring in Psychology (after being a Biology and History major). I have already receiived an AA-T in Psychology and will be transferring to Sacramento State University in the spring of 2017.

I’m really glad that I attended community college here at LMC, as it gave me the opportunity to explore major options and eventually decide on one. As a student ambassador I am always happy to help, so if you ever see me at the Welcome Desk/Center feel free to ask any questions you may have.


Sandra Ruiz

Sandra Ruiz

Major: Kinesiology

High School: Pittsburg


My name is Sandra Ruiz. I am twenty years old and I graduated from Pittsburg High School in 2014. This is my 3rd year attending Los Medanos College and I am majoring in Kinesiology. Along with being a student ambassador, I am also part of the Transfer Academy and EOPS. I came to Los Medanos not having a set plan for what I wanted to do or what educational goals I wanted to pursue other than transferring to a four year university. That all changed when I attended the Summer Bridge Program the summer before my first fall classes began. Summer Bridge really helped me experience Los Medanos from a different perspective.It gave me the ability to experience all the programs and events LMC has to offer and to meet great people who I continue to keep in touch with. My eventual goal is to receive an associate degree, transfer to a four-year university, and ultimately complete my career goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant. During my free time I enjoy watching baseball and spending time with my family.


Fernando Hidalgo-Chinchilla

Fernando Hidalgo-Chinchilla

Major: Computer Science

High School: Dozier-Libbey


Hello. My name is Fernando Hidalgo-Chinchilla. I am from El Salvador and proud of that. I came to the United States at the age of eight and moved around a lot until my family and I decided to live in Antioch. I finished my middle school and high school years here in Antioch. I graduated from Dozier-Libbey Medical High School with both my high school diploma and my diploma of excellence. Despite having attended a medical prep school, my goal is to earn my degrees in the computer science field, not in the medical field.


Before I started my first college semester, I was in the 2014 Summer Bridge program at LMC. Summer Bridge helped me get prepared for what lay ahead in college. I was able to start my first semester with no problems at all. I am now in my second year of college and applying to both the MESA and Honors programs at LMC.


I hope to transfer to San Francisco State, CSU East Bay, or San Jose State. After all, I don't like to stray too far from my family and friends. If everything goes as planned, I'll be graduating in spring 2017 with my AS-T degree (Associate in Science for Transfer) and going on to a CSU to earn my BS degree (Bachelor in Science).


I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy playing video games and tennis. And someday, I plan to become Dictator of the World!


Vanessa Martinez

Fernando Hidalgo-Chinchilla

Major: English

High School: Claton Valley Charter


Hello. My name is Vanessa Martinez and this is my third year at Los Medanos College. I graduated from Clayton Valley Charter High School in 2014, and then enrolled as a student here in the fall of that same year. My journey at LMC has helped me search and discover the academic path that I am on today, which is to transfer to a university in fall 2017 as an English major.


The community at LMC has helped shape me into the leader that I am today. My first semester here I was shy and didn't apply myself to any activities. Now, I am president of the La Raza Club and participate in many other clubs on campus. I am also an Honors student and in the Honors Program. I do a lot of work with the community outside of scool in my free time, which I really enjoy. As a student Ambassador, I am happy to help everyone with any questions while at LMC.