Aneisha Renee Johnson

NOCE High School Diploma Program Graduate

At the young age of 16, Aneisha Renee Johnson unexpectedly became pregnant. Johnson sacrificed her studies at Loara High School to become a mom to her beautiful daughter. Although Johnson was unable to graduate with her class, she knew completing her high school diploma would provide new opportunities for her and her daughter. Johnson was referred the North Orange Continuing Education - Gilbert West Off-Site High School Lab, in partnership with the Anaheim Union High School District. She enrolled on the lab's opening day in October 2014 and completed 48 credits and the Transitioning to College course within a five-month period. Johnson earned her high school diploma and transitioned to Cypress College in 2015 with plans to achieve her associate degree in psychology

Aurelio Sierra Lopez

High School Diploma Program Graduate

Aurelio Sierra Lopez and his six siblings grew up working the fields of his family’s farm in Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. Aurelio’s family was well respected in the community and his parents taught him the value of family, work, and education. While helping to grow corn and other crops, Aurelio also went to school, earning his high school diploma and bachelor’s degree. In 1989, Aurelio moved to the United States with two dreams—to become a US citizen and earn a high school diploma from the United States. Aurelio worked at a restaurant to provide for his wife, two children, and mother. Finding time to go to school was difficult, but in 2005, Aurelio enrolled in NOCE’s High School Diploma Program. He could not attend the Anaheim lab as often as he had hoped, but Aurelio did not give up. In 2012, he accomplished his first goal and became a US citizen. Four years later, Aurelio achieved his second goal and completed all of the requirements to obtain his high school diploma. His instructor Matt Stivers expressed, “It has been a joy working with Aurelio for the past 11 years. His positive attitude, determination, and perseverance will continue to lead him to great success.”