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October 12, 2017

Three Former Students
to Speak at Annual Veterans Breakfast


Three former Moreno Valley College students will be the featured speakers at Moreno Valley College's annual Veterans Breakfast on November 3.

The breakfast serves as a fundraiser for the Veterans Scholarship Fund. The College is committed to "honoring members of the US Armed Forces and recognizing Moreno Valley College's commitment to being responsive to the educational needs of the region," said Lizette Tenorio, Veterans Services specialist.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through the Admissions and Records office at the College or by calling (951) 571-6101.

The three guest speakers are graduates of the College and used Veterans Services to complete their education at MVC.

Cedric Cason was just 17 years of age when he joined the United States Marine Corps. He spent 12 years in the service and was honorably discharged. Trained as a logistics specialist, personal administrative chief, purchasing and contracting specialist, Cason believed his transition to the private sector would be smooth. He quickly went to work for local companies, but when he turned 50 he realized with an education he would have better opportunities. He enrolled at MVC in June of 2013 and California Baptist University in December of 2016. Today, he works as a procurement contract specialist for the County of Riverside.

Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Jay Villasenor entered the US Army in 1983. After 20 years, he retired with the rank of Sergeant First Class. During his military career, Villasenor served in leadership positions from squad through brigade level. He graduated from California Baptist University with a degree in Organizational Leadership. He is presently one class away from earning his master's degree in Education, specializing in Educational Leadership. Villasenor is currently the School Certifying Official/Veterans Coordinator for California Baptist University.

Hospital Corpsman, Petty Officer 1st Class Navy Veteran and Moreno Valley College alumna Tamara Thacker looks back on her time at Moreno Valley College with a mix of pride and thankfulness. She was born into a family with a long, rich tradition of military service. With the help of the Veterans Services staff, Thacker succeeded in the classroom and made a difference at MVC – starting the College's Veterans Club and expanding services to Veterans. Her achievements led her to UC Santa Barbara where she graduated with a BA in Anthropology after earning degrees in Math and Social and Behavioral studies at MVC. She has been honored as the College's Alumnus of the Year. Today, she is doing what she was meant to do, serving as the coordinator of the Veteran Services division at UC Riverside.


Third Annual Veterans Scholarship Breakfast