Ramon Perez Mejia is on the road to success from a former High School Equivalency (HEP) student to becoming a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) student. In March 2019, Mr. Perez was part of the Firebaugh HEP class and had graduated by April 2019. During the Summer 2019 semester, Mr. Perez completed the English Development Institute Program offered at California State University, Fresno. This program gave him the critical motivation to continue learning the English language and pursue higher education.
In August 2019, Mr. Perez was accepted to the West Hills Community College CAMP program and EOPS. He completed 15 college units while he obtained a 4.0 GPA during the 2019 Fall semester. In the Spring 2020 semester, he decided to challenge himself and enrolled in 20 college units, which he also managed to finish the semester with straigh A’s obtaining for a consecutive semester a 4.0 GPA. Mr. Perez graduated in May 2020 with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities. He is currently taking classes this semester to obtain another degree then plans to transfer to California State University, Fresno or California State University, Monterey Bay, and major in teaching or counseling. Mr. Perez believes that by choosing this career, he will be able to contribute to his community.
Mr. Perez is a role model for our HEP/ CAMP and EOPS family. He considers himself persistent and eager, a person who is taking advantage of the educational opportunities to obtain personal, academic, and professional growth. Mr. Perez left his birth town of Los Ocotes, Guanajuato, Mexico, to look for the American Dream. Although Mr. Perez has faced many obstacles, such as housing, financial, and language barriers, he considers himself a warrior who is always looking for solutions. He is a true example of Perseverance and has become a role model to his fellow peers.
Mr. Perez is grateful for all his accomplishments. He understands there are no obstacles too significant that he can not overcome. He is thankful for the support that he has received from the West Hills Community College programs. His favorite words of wisdom: “Education is the window of curiosity, and the best weapon for ignorance," and "dreams are as big as you create them, and they are possible as you work on them.” He continues to work for CAMP as a Tutor/Mentor.