“My name is Lory Cruz and I am part of the new Chemeketa Bilingual Education Program. I’ve had some amazing classes and experiences in the program and will start Western Oregon University in the fall, so in 2 years I will be a professional teacher!
I started my degree at Chemeketa 2 years ago. Back then, there was less guidance and no tuition help. I started taking classes without a complete pathway. Then luckily this year a real Education department was established. I started taking Education classes with the new bilingual teacher Sara Csaky, and she had so much information about which classes I need and a really clear path for me to reach my goal. I realize what an asset my bilingual skills are! I also did community service and I got to work with the dean and the department to present information about Chemeketa to the public. I used to be shy, but now that I have spoken in front of groups about the program, I have become pretty good at public speaking.
This past term was the best because I took the new Education practicum class, and we got to participate in real classrooms. It has helped me figure out which level I want to teach, and all the information we learned in class we used in this experience.
I also liked that at Chemeketa we had a lot of contact with all the colleges in the area. With all the visits and events, I got good information about how to transfer. It really helped me make my decision about transferring to WOU. I also talked with the people from the school districts who do the hiring, which will help when I graduate.”