Cerritos College disabled students attend Disability Mentoring Day


Technology assistant major Jose Rivera (left) talking to mentor Claudia Guevara of the Los Angeles City Hall (right). Disability Mentoring Day took place Oct. 12 at the City Hall Council Chambers in Los Angeles

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Nine Cerritos College students from Disabled Student Programs and Services attended Disability Mentoring Day in Los Angeles on Oct. 12.

Disability Mentoring Day is a program that helps people with disabilities look for careers and has a mentor for the day.

David Rodarte, DSPS Consultant said, “It was a great environment for those with disabilities.”

“The event itself did a great job of raising awareness for people with disabilities, and also doing a great job of raising awareness for Disability Awareness Month.”

Disability Mentoring Day was held at the City Hall Council Chambers.

Rodarte continued, saying, “Overall, the event was a great success.

“[DMD] had a lot of programs, they had a lot of different mentors in different fields, and the students were able to take a great deal of an advantage to possibly find a future employer, and a future in the business world.”

Undecided major Tiara Tillman said, “My mentor was kind of patient, super understanding, she knew where she was taking us, she knew what she was talking about, and she helped me understand a lot about what she does.

Her mentor, Victoria Castillo, is an animal shelter senior clerk.

“She showed me around the place, she showed me what the board range of jobs was in that field. She also introduced me to everyone and I get to see what they do,” Tillman said.

Hector Arellano, political science major, said that he, along with the rest of the group, the council members and watched them break into groups and go to meetings.

“[Disability Mentoring Day] really inspired me to continue on the path that I’m on because I felt really comfortable in that environment,” he said.

Sara Postma, graphic design major, said that she enjoyed her time at DMD.

“It was a lot of fun, I want to do it next year,” she said.

Rodarte said that he would not change anything from the event.

“[DMD] did a really great job, we did a great job here at Cerritos,” he said.

He continued, saying, “We did a great job at Cerritos of taking nine students. I think we’re one of the schools that brought one the most students out to this event.”