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Jessica Murguia, M.A. - Student Success Coordinator

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Jessica Murguia grew up in a single-family household of modest means, and couldn't afford to enroll at a four-year college or university upon graduating from Valhalla High School. “I’m a first- generation college student, and I didn't really have anyone to turn to regarding the college application process or the financial aid process, but I always knew from a young age that I wanted to go to college,” said the Student Success Coordinator in the High School and Community Relations (Outreach) Department.

Cuyamaca College was a logical choice. It was close to home. It was affordable. And it was chock-full of supportive services aimed at promoting student success. Between classes, she worked in various areas on campus, including Counseling, Disability Support Program & Services, and Student Affairs. She became a full-time Student Services Specialist in 2013, became Acting Student Success Coordinator in 2014, and was named Interim Student Success Coordinator in 2015. Along the way she has earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in postsecondary educational leadership from San Diego State University.

Jessica oversees Cuyamaca’s Outreach staff, including student ambassadors, works to strengthen partnerships with local high schools, and promotes Cuyamaca College’s programs and services in the larger community.

Kevin Brown - Outreach Resource Specialist

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Kevin Brown’s academic journey has been anything but traditional. A graduate of Valhalla High School in 2012 and with no real plans for the future, he enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, but left after a semester, returned home and attended Cuyamaca for a semester before moving on to Southwestern College in Chula Vista. The La Mesa resident has now graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in political science and a minor in economics. 

“I joined the Cuyamaca Outreach department because I think all individuals are capable of being successful academically, so long as they are faced in the right direction and made aware of their resources,” Kevin said.

Jordan Ahmu - Outreach Data Specialist

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Jordan AhMu - El Cajon Valley High School graduate - has lived in the region her entire life and is now attending UC San Diego, where she is majoring in International Business.

“I have been working in Outreach for a little over three years now, and I have enjoyed getting to meet new people, experience new things, and most importantly, help students succeed in applying and attending Grossmont and Cuyamaca College,” said Jordan. 

Aklas Sheai - Interpreter & Community Liaison


Kenya Avilez - Lead Student Ambassador

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Kenya Avilez notes that Cuyamaca College wasn't the Valhalla High School graduate’s first choice. “I originally planned to go to a four-year university and prepped by taking AP classes, got involved extracurricular activities, and even took the ACT.”

But after being accepted to Sonoma State University, Kenya’s parents came to the conclusion that the expense was too high. “I was sad that I didn't get to go to a four-year university but I don't regret it at all,” she said. “I ended up loving Cuyamaca because I love how small the campus is and how friendly the environment is.”

Kenya has to transferred to San Diego State University and is majoring in business administration. She then plans to earn a master’s degree and become a healthcare administrator.

“I wouldn't have discovered the field I wanted to go into if it wasn't for the great educational programs Cuyamaca has to offer and hopefully, you will feel the same way too!"


Yesenia De La Torre - Student Ambassador

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During her last year at Monte Vista High School (Class of 2016), Yesenia De La Torre was planning to attend a private college en route to becoming a veterinarian. She changed her mind after hearing from a group of Cuyamaca College student ambassadors. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on the prerequisites needed before she could attend veterinary school Yesenia could instead take her general education courses at Cuyamaca for a fraction of the cost.

“Cuyamaca ambassadors, as well as the Pathway Academy Program, truly helped me decide that this is what I wanted to do and helped the transition from high school to college a lot smoother,” said Yesenia. “Now, I am working on getting my associate’s degree towards becoming a veterinary technician.”


Dylan Leonard - Student Ambassador

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Dylan Leonard graduated from Helix Charter High School as part of the Class of 2016. Dylan transferred to Helix from Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, which sits just east of San Bernardino. Dylan was involved in high school sports, but was forced to focus beyond athletics due to numerous knee injuries and surgery.

That’s how he discovered the field of kinesiology and exercise science, and Dylan now hopes to earn an associate degree at Cuyamaca before transferring to San Diego State University for a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a future career in athletic training. In the meantime, he’s helping other high school students find their future as a student ambassador at Cuyamaca College.


Dominique Lewis - Student Ambassador


Leyda Sbeih - Student Ambassador

Last Updated: 10/09/2018


Jessica Murguia
Student Success Coordinator
Phone: (619) 660-4264

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