WCU BSN Alumni Couple Tackle Career Goals Together

Even though they started their careers in different areas of healthcare, Charles and Cindy Vergel de Dios are now both nurses, both WCU alumni and also husband and wife — for better or for worse. Cindy had been a respiratory therapist, while Charles...


Years After Graduation, Friends From WCU’s First DPT Cohort Continue to Find Success in the Field

Thomas Swift and Aaron Huie were part of the very first Doctor of Physical Therapy class at West Coast University. Being part of that inaugural group helped form bonds between classmates and created a cohort that still supports each other long after graduation. “I...


WCU-OC BSN Alum Deployed For Six Weeks To One of America’s Busiest Hospitals During COVID-19 Pandemic

Iris Rodriguez had been in the military nearly 20 years when her medical unit was activated to assist with the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. Graduating early, Rodriguez needed her parents’ permission to join the US Air Force right out...


From the Soccer Field to the ICU: Elyse Shelger Shares Her Nursing Story

There was a time when few people could have predicted that West Coast University alumna Elyse Shelger would make a career out of nursing. “My first degree was in communications,” Shelger explained. “I was playing collegiate soccer and...


ACC Alumni Brings Cross-Cultural Perspective to Optical Technician Program

Since graduating from American Career College’s optical technician program in 2017, Abdulati Sbeta has been pursuing his profession at Costco’s optometry department as well as teaching at ACC. Originally from the city of Tripoli in Libya, Sbeta draws...


WCU Alumni Spotlight: Patrick Castillo, MSOT ’16

After completing his master's of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) in 2016, West Coast University alumni Patrick Castillo began his career working in acute care and acute rehab at a local hospital. Castillo had the opportunity to help patients...


ACC Alumni Provides Passion, Experience As Surgical Technology Instructor

Stephanie Meier has always prided herself in being a strict — but fair — teacher. Just ask the dolls and imaginary students she taught as a child. “I was that little kid that would take attendance with my pretend class roster and would send my pretend...


WCU Alumni Spotlight: Farnaz Zahiri Araghi, BSN ’18

Farnaz was born and raised in Iran. Farnaz received her bachelor of arts in English language and literature in Iran. Inspired by her aunt, who worked as a registered nurse, Farnaz decided to immigrate to the United States to start her nursing journey...


WCU-Miami BSN Alumni Takes Nursing Journey One Day at a Time

As a first-generation college graduate, Manuela Conde says that it was up to her to learn how to navigate the ins-and-outs of higher education — and boy, did she! Conde has not only graduated from West Coast University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing...


WCU Alum Channels Passion of Nursing Into Mental Health Mission

Growing up in a Filipino family, Jonathan Llamas said he was exposed early on to the values and beliefs that provided his unique introduction to nursing. After graduating from high school in 2008, Llamas took part in a medical mission to provide care...



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