Zugey is a true example of persistence. She migrated from Mexico many years ago, not knowing any English. Once she got established in this country, she began her adult education journey.
She started in ESL classes as a beginner and although it took her several years to become confident, she became proficient enough to complete a High School Diploma Program. Throughout her time at school, Zugey’s personal life was full of struggles: she was a single mom and worked at jobs that paid the lowest possible wages.
At that point, she decided that she needed additional vocational training and came to El Monte-Rosemead Adult School for the Medical Assistant Program. She got married, was going to school, and was raising her child----she was also keeping a secret: she was experiencing domestic violence. Her last 90 days of class, Zugey lived in a temporary women’s shelter. She was plagued with the uncertainty that at any given moment she and her child would be living in the street.
Throughout all of this, she has always been positive and always willing to help others. At times she has volunteered off-site at Health Fairs supporting others in need. When she completed her internship at the local medical facility, she started her career at a much better paying job. She said that it was all because of El Monte-Rosemead Adult School where she continues to study!