Milton Goddard: Milton is a student attending our Antelope Valley campus after transferring from Antelope Valley College. With us, he is pursuing a business major with a concentration in Marketing. Currently working on a 3.7 GPA, Milton finds time in class teaches him to become a better listener, to be open to new ideas and the reasoning of others, and to learn better, which enables him to share what he knows with others. Another big lesson for him has been time management, which will be critical in achieving his goal to eventually become an entrepreneur. His advice to other students: “stay the course beyond your adversities”.
Jesus Orozco: Jesus is a student in our MBA program here in Bakersfield, who carries a 3.8 GPA while working and assisting his family. His family immigrated early on from Mexico, looking for work and opportunities for the family. However, his father passed away at an early age, so Jesus was raised by his mom, along with his three sisters. Working as a seamstress, his mom encouraged her children to push themselves, and the result was impressive. While Jesus is working on his MBA, his oldest sister completed college and is a social worker working in child development here in Kern County; his second sister also completed college and works in Human Services here in Kern County; and the youngest sister is now at SLO working on a degree in civil engineering. During the day, Jesus works in the corporate finance department of Bolthouse Farms, and he pursues his MBA at night. His advice to other students: “Don’t just do the minimum, seek the value-added, and use your time wisely!”
David Pacheco: David transferred from BC to CSUB, and is now pursuing a Business degree with a concentration in Supply Chain Logistics. Raised in California, David spent the early part of the new millennium serving in the Army with a tour in Iraq. Originally trained as a cook, when he got over there he volunteered to transfer to security, and was retrained to handle security for convoys, etc. Upon returning to the States and leaving the Army, he worked for a while, but decided to go to School and settled here in Kern County near family. He is now very active in school, having joined a fraternity, participating in the process of restarting the CSUB Veterans’ Club, seeking internship opportunities, all while maintaining an impressive 3.79 GPA. His advice to other students: “Apply for internships in order to get experience before you graduate!”
Katie Verhoef: Katie is a senior majoring in Business with concentrations in Ag-business and Marketing. Katie’s family moved to Kern County in 2000 from Southern California in order for her father to be more centrally located for his work as a trucker. Her older brother decided in high school that he might like the ag industry, and their parents decided to expose him to ag-business by buying fruits and vegetables and canning them for sale at local farmers’ markets. The business boomed, and when Katie joined 4-H and raised pigs for sale at the county fair, the family added pork products to their business. Her brother went on to an agbusiness degree at Fresno State and now works in Shafter for Grimmway. Katie, in the meantime, is working on a 3.5 GPA and dreams of being able to build the family business by creating “cohesive branding” that will propel the business into a stable, full-time operation. In the meantime, she hopes to work for one of the local ag-businesses, in order to gain experience and insight into operations of larger firm. Her advice for fellow students: “get to know your professors because they are there to help you!”