Alumni Moving Forward
Stepping boldly into the future— that’s certainly what the Class of 2013 did when they enrolled at Heritage. They are continuing that momentum beyond graduation. Here are a few examples of where Heritage graduates can be found next.
A step closer to being a doctor
Getting into medical school is notoriously competitive with an average of only one in ten applicants ever being accepted. This past fall, Allyne
Delossantos, Jena Lalich and Chris Stanley enrolled in Heritage’s new Master of Arts in Medical Sciences program as a way to stand out from their competition during the application process. It worked. The three were accepted into Pacific Northwest University of Medical Sciences’ (PNWU) College of Osteopathic Medicine. They will start at PNWU in August.
“I just want to get in there and try to soak up everything that I possibly can,” said Lalich.
The Osteopathic Medicine program takes four years to complete and includes two years of classroom work at the university in Yakima, Washington, and an additional two years in clinical rotations at hospitals and medical centers. Students typically select areas of specialization during their rotations.
“I am really looking forward to the rotation portion of our studies,” said Delossantos. “This is where we will have that human contact we all yearn for.”
From B.S. to a Ph.D.
From the moment Sam Small (B.S., Computer Science) enrolled at Heritage, he’s been orchestrating his education with a focus on the next big step: moving into a graduate degree program. This fall he enters Oregon State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he will pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science.
“I want to use software engineering as a way to solve the big problems,” he said, pointing to his McNair Fellowship thesis work as an example. Small created a computer science solution to organize incident response during a crisis, such as the fire that swept through the lower Yakima Valley town of White Swan several years ago.
As an undergraduate at Heritage, Small left nothing to chance. He followed the steps that were laid out in the McNair Program, from research projects to work study positions on campus, with the goal of building a strong application for graduate school. He beat out hundreds of applicants from schools throughout the United States, and globally, for one of a handful of positions at OSU. Small will spend five years in the doctoral program, which includes a stipend graduate assistantship and tuition waiver. He will be part of the undergraduate teaching and research team while completing his studies.
Joining a Fortune 500 company
When Jose Ibarra (B.A., Business Administration) entered Heritage, he had no idea how far that decision would take him. This summer Ibarra joins Modeléz International, the parent company for snack food brand dynamos Oreos, Chips Ahoy, Cadbury and more. He will be in the company’s management development program in California, which prepares recent college graduates for leadership positions in the company’s Sales and Customer Logistics Organization.
Ibarra, who was involved in the student business organization Enactus throughout his years at Heritage, was recruited for his current position and several others at national companies after searching the Enactus employment pages for leads.
“I was up against some of the best students from the top business schools in the United States, places like Harvard and Cornell,” he said. “It was a great experience.”
From student to teacher
It was a quite a career switch when Hillary Shibley (B.A., Elementary Education) decided to pursue a career in education. Originally working in the cattle industry, she noticed a part-time position had opened up at her local school district. She decided to try the job and it ignited her passion for teaching.
Shibley went through the education program at Heritage’s Moses Lake regional site. She started student teaching at Hiawatha Elementary School in Othello, Washington, in September and never left. The school asked her to stay on as a long-term substitute. When the school year opens in the fall, Shibley will be there again, this time as a contracted teacher with a fifth grade classroom of her own.
“I love making the connection with the kids,” she said. “You can really see them grow, which is probably my favorite part about being a teacher.”