2017 Alumni Stories

WCU-Miami Alumni Have a Ball at October Reunion Soiree
10/30/2017

West Coast University-Miami alumni and future alumni had a ball this October to celebrate the Alumni Network's first birthday. The group took over four lanes... Read more

WCU Alumni ‘Unmask the Night’ at Long Beach Mixer
10/11/2017

More than 50 alumni from West Coast University got together in Long Beach for a mixer this October. Organized by the WCU Alumni Network, the WCU California... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Llamas, RN
10/01/2017

Jonathan Llamas graduated from West Coast University on the honor roll and as a peer mentor to other students. Presently, he's enrolled in graduate school and working... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Keith Brar, RN
09/18/2017

One of best ways to be a better nurse doesn’t involve skill but does take practice, according to West Coast University graduate Keith Brar. “Listen and... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Vivian Pham, RN
09/01/2017

As a nurse, Vivian Pham knows the difference one person can make in someone's life. And sometimes the person being affected is actually the nurse. "It... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Yon Erin Choe, RN
09/01/2017

Yon Erin Choe loves her job as a school nurse.  When one of the 700 elementary school students under her care scrapes a knee, has a tummy... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Lindsay Daniel, RN
09/01/2017

Lindsay Daniel had wanted to be a nurse her whole life but was scared away by the thought of all the "science." She spent her first two years of college studying... Read more

WCU Dallas Alumni Mixer Allows Grads a Chance to Meet
08/01/2017

For 24 months, Lindsay Daniel put her nose in her textbooks and did what was needed to fulfill her grandmother's wish for her to become a nurse.  Since... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Adrian Trevino, RDH
07/28/2017

Some people have a motto that they live by or share with their children. Adrian Trevino has two. Trevino, a dental hygienist at Western Dental in Riverside,... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Alicia Banks
07/24/2017

Alicia Banks came to West Coast University because of the school's commitment to a student-centric focus. Now she's is part of that commitment. A graduate... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Rachel Zikoski
07/01/2017

After graduating from art school, the idea of being an artist really appealed to Rachel Zikoski. She just wasn't too keen on the whole "starving" artist thing. “That... Read more

WCU’s First ADN Valedictorian: Damian Castillo
07/01/2017

Ten years ago, Damian Castillo was the valedictorian of West Coast University's first associate degree in nursing cohort. Since then, he's also become a husband,... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Lauren Diaz
06/12/2017

Occupational therapy assistant professor Lauren Diaz always tells her students to “make school your life.” “Practice on your family, your roommates... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Nune Stepanyan
05/30/2017

After graduating from West Coast University-Los Angeles with her nursing degree, Nune Stepanyan searched far and wide for the best place to become a family... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Regina Gentry
05/19/2017

Regina Gentry went back to school for a lot of reasons, but she returned to West Coast University for only one. "West Coast is a great school, that's why I came... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Tracy Skinner
05/07/2017

While in nursing school at West Coast University, Tracy Skinner's friends told her there would be a day when she would know exactly what her calling was. They... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Fernando Ramos
04/24/2017

Thanks to West Coast University, Fernando Ramos is ready to take the next step. Ramos, the class speaker at WCU-Ontario's bachelor of science (BSN) in nursing... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Monica Arreola
04/21/2017

Monica Arreola was sure that when she became a nurse, she would work at Children's Hospital Orange County. She had already worked there... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Melanie Turnbough
04/10/2017

When Melanie Turnbough decided to be a nurse, she told her mother the bad news first. Her mom, a labor and delivery RN for 25 years, was confused. "'Why's... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Sanchita Sharma
04/10/2017

For a lifelong dancer, Sanchita Sharma doesn't tiptoe around why she got into healthcare. "A very clichéd answer is that I wanted to help people,"... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: John Torres, BSN
03/13/2017

John Torres has always known he wanted to work in healtcare — "nursing especially," he added. "There are plenty of opportunities for critical thinking, making... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Gisele Gauthier, MHA
03/01/2017

Gisele Gauthier says she's inspired by people who "dedicate themselves to their customers or patients by showing empathy, professionalism and efficiency." Since... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Ashley Curtis
02/16/2017

I probably won't do her story justice but I will try to give you a snapshot.  She is a senior student set to graduate in January.  She had a... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Emily Navales
01/27/2017

Three years out of high school, Emily Navales is ready to start her life. Just days after her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) pinning ceremony,... Read more

WCU-Dallas Graduates Share Advice To BSN Students
01/20/2017

There's nothing like getting a little encouragement from somebody who's been there. That's why we recently asked bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) graduates... Read more

WCU Graduate Spotlight: Krikor Sarafian, OTR/L
01/20/2017

West Coast University graduate Krikor Sarafian jokes that he was on campus so much studying for his master of science in occupational therapy (MSOT), they... Read more