My community college experience was rather much different than most. I first started my community college journey by going to Chaffey Community College in Rancho Cucamonga in the summer of 2008, just after I graduated from Damien High School. After struggling to just find some stability in my life I then attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College in 2011. Since then I’ve done the best I can with continuing my education but was not able to fully commit to until 2015. With that, I went to Moreno Valley College.
Clarnetta Madden’s original objective was to obtain her Associate Degree (AA-T) and transfer to a California State University for the fall 2015 semester. However, in March, her professor at Norco College, Raul Madrid, informed the class about a new Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Guarantee Transfer Program for California Community College students. As a fulltime college student and native of California, Clarnetta had an interest in transferring to HBCUs because of their rich histories and supportive environments.