HIGHLINE COLLEGE |Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Highline alumna returns to give back to the college

By Julian Rahn- Staff Reporter

Laura Yanez wanted to come back to Highline because it made a difference for her. So she wants to make a difference for others.

"I wanted to come back to Highline for two main rea- sons. I wanted to give back to the community and make a difference," Yanez said. "The second reason is, I love the culture at Highline and its di- versity. I enjoy working with so many POC [ people of color] individuals."

Yanez is the Transition Success Center Manager. She helps students who are transitioning from ESL and ABE classes to college. "I try to implement a holis-tic approach in my professional practice," Yanez said .She does many things to support students with their goals both personal and academic.

"In my role, I help students with career exploration, college admission, class registration, ways to pay for school, provide information about on- and off-campus resources and other types of support that they might need to transition to college and to complete/meet their academic and personal goals," she said. When Yanez first came to the country from Colombia, she did not know how to speak English.

She was looking for a school that offered ESL classes, and ended up attending Highline.

"I started here at Highline back in 2009. I ended up at Highline by coincidence. I was new to the country and Highline was the closest institution that offered ESL classes," she said.

Over a six-year span, Yanez went through different levels of ESL classes, with varying amounts of difficulty. This eventually led to her completing her AA in Human Services.

"I started in Level 1 of ESL classes. I spent four years in ESL classes trying to learn basic English skills. I was in ESL Level 3 classes for seven quarters. This is a long time," Yanez

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