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about the program
The Career Peer Ambassador Program (CAP) is a new career readiness peer-to-peer learning community at the San Diego Mesa College Career Center. The program is a pilot funded by the Strong Workforce Program. CAP began in the Spring of 2018 to support our short-term campus projects while the region develops a long-term plan to grow and improve outcomes for Career Education programs in the California Community Colleges.
What is a Career Peer Ambassador?
Career Peer Ambassadors are campus student leaders who are trained to facilitate the resources available through the San Diego Mesa College Career Center department. Students selected to serve as Career Peer Ambassadors participate in intensive summer training sessions with our Career Counselors, Internship Coordinator, and Career Center staff to develop transferable work-related skills, and participate in professional development trainings as needed. They promote and deliver informational presentations about career services within Mesa College classrooms, around the college campus, and at career services events. They also provide walk-in individual and group peer-to-peer career coaching sessions.
The Career Peer Ambassador Program is a team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly students who represent the San Diego Mesa College Career Center. They guide their peers through their career journeys by providing peer-to-peer coaching sessions on job searching, résumé writing, cover letter writing, and interview preparation, as well as other career readiness resources.
online Peer-to-Peer Résumé and Cover Letter Assistance
Meet our career Peer ambassadors
LARA NAPASA ’20, LEAD CAREER AMBASSADOR
Lara graduated from San Diego Mesa College with an Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies Pre-Nursing in the Spring of 2020. She is currently a junior track 2 nursing student at San Diego State University. During her time at Mesa, Lara served as a Peer Navigator with the CRUISE program to mentor first year students in their transition to college. She is more than happy to be a part of the Career Center to assist students with their career goals as a Career Peer Ambassador. She chose to attend Mesa because of its close distance to home and how the campus exhibits excellence through various aspects. Mesa has plentiful resources to offer its students that will help them achieve success and flourish in any career path they choose to pursue.
An advice she would give to students is to always seek help and be engaged on campus. "Expanding your connections is an essential part of your success so don't be hesitant to reach out. We are here for you! Stay persistent and continue to work hard for your dreams. Always remember to just keep swimming."
WELCOME CAREER AMBASSADOR JOCELYN DORANTES ’22, (NEW HIRE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2021)
Jocelyn is currently attending San Diego Mesa College and is predicted to graduate by Spring 2022 with an Associate's Degree for transfer in Psychology. She hopes to attend San Diego State University in the Fall of 2022 to continue her studies in Psychology in the pursuit of becoming a Marriage Family Therapist. Jocelyn is a Puentista. Their mission is to increase the number of Mexican American/Latino students transferring to four-year universities. She is now thrilled to join the Career Center and be able to help students in their career journeys. She plans to help pave the way and help students figure out what they like and want to do in their lives. Jocelyn has always been the type to help people and give back to her community in any way she can, so for her, this is such an amazing program that she is honored to be a part of.
One thing she quickly learned from her short time at Mesa that she wishes to share with students is, " Use your resources! Network! Get out of your comfort zone! The best things occur when you are exploring your opportunities and pushing your boundaries"
WELCOME CAREER AMBASSADOR, JOSE ORTEGA '22 (NEW HIRE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2021)
Jose is currently in his third semester at Mesa College, majoring in Math & Pre-Engineering Computer Science. He is in the process of applying to transfer to a four-year university for 2022. Jose would like to continue his education in a direction that would lead him towards becoming a software engineer. Being a student at Mesa, Jose was able to learn the importance of always reaching out for help. The support that Mesa is able to provide for the student is immensely appreciated and Jose is grateful for every single part of it. He is now excited to join the Career Ambassador team in the Career Center in order to assist students reach their own goals. He is excited to make an effort to keep expanding the community Mesa has been building so eloquently over the years.
Jose’s advice to students is to always reach out when assistance is needed. “College is not designed to go through it alone. It will be hard at times, but the amount of great people that are willing to help will always be there for you. Continue to push through it.”