Student Success Stories

Brandi Kishbaugh

Brandi Kishbaugh

If you looked at Brandi Kishbaugh’s past you would never believe she is an outstanding San Juan College student working toward degrees in mechanical and civil drafting. Kishbaugh grew up in Montrose, Colo., under the hand of an abusive father. She had...

Jason Frank

Jason Frank

For San Juan College student Jason Frank, taking the first step was the most difficult. After graduating from Kirtland High School in 1993, Frank spent four years in the United States Army, three of those years in Germany. He returned to Farmington in 1997 where...

Mauri Ellingson

Mauri Ellingson

Mauri Ellingson has always had a passion for plants and people. She has spent a majority of her life enjoying her vegetable and flower gardens. After two decades working at various jobs, including 10 years as a certified pedorthist (a footwear specialist)...

Reggie Yazzie

Reggie Yazzie

San Juan College GED program student Reggie Yazzie is a testament that with hard work and determination, the possibilities are endless. Reggie dropped out following his junior year of high school. “I never realized what the consequences of that mistake...

Tony Bernard

Tony Bernard

San Juan College student, Tony Bernard is an example of how to do a mid-life career change with style. Following high school, he spent more than 10 years as a commodity trader in Chicago. “I had a variety of jobs on the Chicago Board of Trade,...

Vicki Patterson

Vicki Patterson

San Juan College helped student Vicki Patterson achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. Along the way she found a way to make a difference in the lives of children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. After working 15 years as a teacher assistant...