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Gonzales earns first Health Studies Focus Award
Photos and Story by James Hill
Jeana Gonzales was awarded the inaugural PCC Health Studies Focus Award. A community health major, Gonzales was recognized for her sustainability work at her place of employment – Catering at its Best. She helped the company get into recycling its leftover food waste and composting the unused meals.
The Health Studies Award prepares students to pursue health programs at the bachelor’s degree-level. In Oregon, these types of programs can be found at Portland State University, Oregon State, and more. By the end of completing the core health courses, students will have 15 credit hours earned and will assist them in their work at a four-year school. Gonzales plans on transferring to PSU when she is done with her studies at PCC.
“It’s kind of defining moment for me,” Gonzales said. “(The award) symbolizes that I’m on track with what I’m supposed to be doing.”