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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 Outreach ambassadors

Ambassadors outdoor, group photo


As Student Ambassadors with Outreach 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!


Gloria Duarte

Gloria DuarteAge: 22

Major: Biology

High School: Pittsburg High, Pittsburg


My name is Gloria Duarte and this fall is my 8th semester at Los Medanos College. I moved to the USA from Mexico when I was 13 years old, and learning English has been a challenge in my life ever since. I began by taking ESL classes but was moved to regular classes during my first year of school here. Therefore, I’ve had to face the fact that I need to work twice as hard as the other kids in my classes. My parents did not go to college and I have two older brothers who have not graduated or earned some sort of degree. This is why I have my mind set on being the first in my family to graduate from college and receive a degree.


My major here at LMC is Biological Science;  however, I’m also doing prerequisites for the Cardiac Sonography program offered by Kaiser Permanente. Once I finish this two year program, I plan to continue taking biology classes and transfer to either UC Berkeley or UC Davis for a Bachelors degree in Biology. I plan on working as a Sonography Technician and eventually get to medical school to become a Cardiologist.


Tessa Garland Tessa Garland

Age: 19
Major:  Liberal Arts
High School: Pittsburg High, Pittsburg


Hello there! My name is Tessa Garland and I’m nineteen years old. I have lived in Pittsburg all my life and went all through school in the Pittsburg School District. This will be my second year as a member of the Transfer Academy.  I plan to receive an associate degree in liberal arts and transfer to a California State University to major in speech-language pathology and audiology.


When I graduated from high school I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to attend college and LMC seemed to be the best opportunity for me. The Transfer Academy has helped me understand the process of transferring to receive a degree, which has always been my goal. While taking my general education classes and participating in the many programs and events LMC offers, I learned more about what interests me, which ultimately helped me pick a major.


Los Medanos College has helped me grow into a better person. The programs and staff here are wonderful and always available to help students succeed. Now as a student ambassador for the Welcome and Info centers I’m excited to help too. So take advantage of all the opportunities here – I’m glad I have! So yeah, stop by the Info or Welcome Center and say hello!


Christian Maldonado

Christian Madonado

Age: 19

Major: Computer Science

High School: Pittsburg


Hi, my name is Christian Maldonado and this will be my second year as a mustang! I am a former Pittsburg Pirate, class of 2012. I was also part of the 2012 LMC Summer Bridge Program and of the LMC Puente cohort of 2012-2013. This is my first time working as a student ambassador. My goal is to transfer from LMC with a degree in computer science and eventually get into software development or networking. In my spare time, I like to go on steep hikes, play video games, listen to music, hang out with family and friends; and I also enjoy cooking.


Maria Martinez

Maria MartinezAge: 19
Major: Biology
High School: Liberty High School


Hello, my name is Maria Martinez. I am 19 years old and a proud Mexican. I came to the United States when I was just four years old and have been here ever since. Spanish being my home and primary language, it was very difficult for me to learn English, but I overcame it by working hard. I graduated from Liberty High School in June 2012 with medals, sashes, and cords because of the leadership skills I obtained.

            In summer of 2012, I participated in the Summer Bridge Program at LMC. The following fall, I started my first year at LMC as part of the Puente Program. I am now in my second year of college and a P3 (Puente Program), and am also in the MESA Program. I started off working as a Student Assistant at the Welcome Center and now I am a Student Ambassador for the Information Center and Welcome Center.

            I hope to transfer to Saint Mary’s College by fall of 2014 to get my bachelors degree in biology and be one step closer to my dream and life goal of practicing medicine as a cardiologist.


Geysol Torres

Geysol Torres

Age: 19

Major: Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities

High School: Pittsburg


Hello, my name is Geysol Torres (pronounced ‘Hazel’ but my parents spelled it in Spanish. At least that’s their excuse). This is my second year at Los Medanos College and I absolutely love it.


During my senior year I applied to 9 CSUs, 3 UCs and 2 private schools and was accepted into all. Due to financial issues, I had to postpone going to a 4-year university and look into going to a community college, which had previously never crossed my mind. For an AP/Honors “nerd” like myself, not going directly to a university felt like the end of the world.  Now I realize it was the best thing to ever happened to me. I found a home at LMC (Literally. I practically live here).


I am currently part of the Transfer Academy and through that program I have gained plenty of background on the transfer process. I am working on the requirements for my major in Liberal Arts and have recently decided to earn a certificate in Child Development here at LMC. I plan to attend either CSU East Bay or St. Mary’s after completing my goals here. My dream is to become an elementary school teacher and I am well on my way to making it happen thanks to all the support and resources I have found at LMC.


On a more personal level, I enjoy reading and volunteering at a local elementary school during my free time. I love spending as such time as possible with my family. I’m also very creative, so if I’m not reading or writing, I’m most likely putting together my latest project.


Ivan Urrutia

Ivan Urrutia

Age: 19

Major: Liberal arts: Math and Sciences

High School: Deer Valley, Antioch CA


My name is Ivan Urrutia and this will be my second semester working at Los Medanos College. I was born in Walnut Creek am the child of immigrant parents from El Salvador. My intended goal is to receive an associate degree, transfer, and ultimately pursue a career in research. Along with my involvement as a student ambassador, I am a part of the Transfer Academy, am involved with a non-profit organization, and have over five years of soccer coaching experience.

During my free time I enjoy reading and informally debating controversial topics. I also spend time practicing on both the guitar and the piano.