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Tonya Pupo's Spotlight Photo
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  • Tonya Pupo

  • Tonya Pupo's road to earning an associate's degree was long and full of challenges. The Hinsdale native dropped out of high school and eventually earned her GED (now known as HiSet).
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Juan José Carrión-Almeida's Spotlight Photo
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  • Juan José Carrión-Almeida

  • A native of Ecuador, Juan José Carrión-Almeida came to the United States in 2009. He began working in the hospitality industry and strove to learn English
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Gabriana Brooks Spotlight Photo
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  • Gabriana Brooks

  • Gabriana (Gabby) Brooks came to Berkshire Community College (BCC) at the age of 16. A quiet and unassuming teenager who had previously been home schooled, she was anxious about starting college.
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Student Spotlight: Edson Chipalo
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  • Edson Chipalo

  • Program of Study - Criminal Justice
  • Originally from Zambia, Chipalo grew up in a village without electricity or running water. Orphaned after his parents died when he was a young child, he lived with his grandparents who are subsistence farmers.
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Kate Loria
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  • Kate Loria

  • Program of Study - Business Administration
  • A full-time BCC student and mother of three, Loria juggles her school work while taking care of her kids - ages 13, 9 and 3. Her ability to schedule and juggle - along with hard work - is getting her closer to her goal of earning an associate's degree in Business Administration.
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