By Desiree Raven
It happens every day. A young girl of 17 finds herself pregnant. For Isaacson School student Veronica Mendivil this was her reality and she didn’t want to become a teen mom cliché.
“I thought I would have to work at McDonald’s the rest of my life,” Mendivil said. “I really didn’t know what I was going to do.”
Luckily, Mendivil was able to attend Yampah Mountain School’s Teen Parent Program in Glenwood Springs. The program supports pregnant and parenting students to work towards earning their high school diplomas.
It was while attending this program that Mendivil was made aware of Colorado Mountain College as a viable option for her to continue her education. Yesenia Arreola, youth outreach coordinator at CMC, visited the students at Yampah and brought with her brochures about the various degree programs that CMC offers.
“I saw the brochure regarding the Isaacson School for New Media and was immediately excited,” Mendivil said. “I had always been passionate about music and when I saw the program offered radio programming classes and audio mixing classes, I knew it was the place for me.”
Mendivil applied for scholarships and was successful in obtaining an Alpine Bank scholarship and an Isaacson School scholarship. Acquiring these scholarships was imperative for her to be able to attend school as a young single mother. She chose the digital media/production track and soon found herself working at RadioCMC, the college’s radio station which is programmed and managed by students, and joining the RadioCMC student club. CMC gave her the ability to produce and have her own radio show, which she loved.
As for her future plans after she graduates in May 2016, Mendivil is thinking about transferring to CMC’s Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy. She is friends with one of the instructors of this program, and he has expressed the need for new media skills in law enforcement, such as tracking down suspects online through social media.
Wherever Mendivil’s path takes her she knows it won’t be at McDonald’s. She is grateful that CMC has given her opportunities to enhance her future goals.