Celebrating Tierra’s College to Career NEXUS Program!
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
Since its inception in 2007, NEXUS has provided academic and professional skills mentorship to hopeful high school graduates and undergrads who experience the program through the process of a three-phase model – Discovery, Education, and Internship. With partnerships at California State University Northridge, College of the Canyons, Glendale Community College, and Los Angeles City, Valley, Mission, and Pierce Colleges as well as West Valley Occupational Center, individuals with developmental disabilities are obtaining certifications and degrees, and ultimately transitioning into meaningful employment.
What makes NEXUS so incredibly unique is the individualized support and encouragement from Tierra’s NEXUS staff. When you make the decision to pursue post-secondary education, it’s a big one, and can sometimes feel overwhelming and stressful. Having a developmental disability can add to that pressure. That’s why NEXUS is so crucial to so many young adults. With the guidance of our peer mentors, Tierra’s PATH planning process, and unwavering support, navigating college becomes not just a possibility, but a reality.
Krystal Zanel, Tierra del Sol Peer Mentor and NEXUS alumni, shares, “Before I started the NEXUS program I tried college on my own, but it was not easy for me. With Tierra’s help and support, I knew in my heart I could do it, and I did. I am now so grateful to have a chance to give back and help students to achieve their goals and dreams. Dream it, pursue it, and achieve it. I did it, you can all do it too.”
Today, there are 178 students at seven local colleges!
“I often tell other NEXUS students, there will be people out there that will say negative things to you, and there may be moments when it seems so hard, you’ll think you want to quit. But, don’t give up. It will all be worth it, in the end.” – Nina Adel, Tierra College to Career Peer Mentor and NEXUS Alumni