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City College doesn't just churn out degrees. It creates opportunities. For Galina Gerasimova, that opportunity led to a great job with the school.

A part-time instructor at the college for about eight years now, Gerasimova moved to San Francisco from the Ukraine in 1997 and immediately began taking ESL classes at the school. With a teenage son to take care of and not a lot of money to survive on, she not only mastered English but was also inspired by the warmth and dedication of her instructors.

As a recent immigrant, "you're scared, you're frustrated, you don't really know what to expect," Gerasimova said, explaining that ESL teachers are often the first people English learners really interact with after moving to the United States. "(They) helped me a lot ... and of course that actually influenced my decision to become an instructor at City College."

By 2000, she became an instructional aid, all the while pursuing an Associate's Degree in computer sciences. She then transferred to San Francisco State University and earned a degree in Human Physiology — a subject that complemented her previous studies in biology, chemistry and physics in the Ukraine, where she worked with war veterans.

Gerasimova remembers how easy it was to enroll in all the classes she needed at CCSF and she laments the steady deterioration of public education in California.

"It just became more intense over the past year," she said, "and I see how that impacts City College and our services." (Bloomberg)

Comments

Some great stories here! Quite similar to what we did at the SF Public Press last month: http://sfpublicpress.org/news/2012-07/faces-of-city-college

Posted by Ruth Tam on Aug. 13, 2012 @ 9:33 am

great stories as long as there are no straight white males involved, typical PC SF garbage makes news if it is ANY one BUT straight, white, males the new enemy here in the USA and especially SF.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

Take a look at the shareholders' annual report for some corporation based in a 98% white place like Iowa and magically all the photot's of their employees are black, brown, yellow, gay, female, heck anything other than the new object of hate and discrimination - the straight white male

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

As long as they are not straight white males, the enw enemy, and we wonder why CCSF is a joke. They hate straight white males on this campus and they let you know if you are a straight white male you are persona non grata. Every class they take shots at white men, old white men, the evil white man, the evil and racist white man. Look around at CCSF few, straight, white men, ever wonder why? Not just changing demographics, there is still a lot of white men in SF, it is the vile and hostile mentality of racism and hatred for straight white men.

I never have had a racist bone in my body, but this school is the epitome of racism AGAINST straight white men and no one dares say a word. Because here nothing and I mean nothing is more horrible than being called a racist here, murder someone? Forgiven, rape? Forgiven. Steal? Forgiven. You not tow the PC line and take a chance to just be called racist? They will not stop until they destroy you.

Wonder why they have to recruit in subways?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 03, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

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