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THE MAKING OF AN ENTREPRENEUR At an early age, David Nguyen dreamt of running his own company. As one of seven children, Nguyen recalls his parents’ ability to provide for the family by owning a business and knew he wanted the same. Nguyen had taken a few business classes before coming to Cosumnes River College (CRC), but recalls he learned a lot while here. “I recall it being an eye opening experience,” he said. “CRC provided me with the essentials. My intent was to accumulate as much knowledge of current terminology and strategies and there are things I learned in class that I still use to this day.” For those interested in starting their own business, Cosumnes River College offers a business degree and certificate with small business management/entrepreneurship emphasis. “Our program is designed to plant the seeds of entrepreneurship in our students,” said CRC Business Professor Man Phan. “For those who already have an entrepreneurial mindset in their DNA, our program seeks to water those seeds so students can be on a path of creating their own jobs and being their own bosses, rather than working for others.” Phan added that these business courses are great for a student with any major. “Students of any discipline – whether they are in visual, applied, and performing arts or architecture, construction, journalism, etc… can benefit from the entrepreneurship program because it can help transform their creative talents into achieving a self-sustaining, meaningful livelihood.” For more information on the entrepreneurship program at Cosumnes River College, go to:

Finding Success in HerPassion osumnes River College (CRC) architecture alumna Jacqueline Padilla Perez proudly recalls her experience at the college and the impact of her professors. “What I loved most about CRC is that they offer an amazing architecture program based on the Cal Poly curriculum,” she said. “The professors are top notch, the design fundamentals that one gains from them are phenomenal. I know of many students who have come out of CRC’s architecture program that have gone on to become hugely successful in the profession in varied niches.” Perez said the encouragement she received from her professors kept her motivated. “In my experience the wonderful thing about CRC professors is that they consider themselves to not only be teachers, but also mentors, confidants, and partners,” she said. Perez didn’t always know that she wanted to be in the architecture field, she was working for Ikea as a coordinator in the sofas and media department and had interviewed for a new position that required her to take additional courses in order to be qualified. Those courses led her to the architecture program at CRC. With support and motivation driven from her family, she worked her way through the classes. After completing the program, she transferred to Sacramento State, where in 2014 she would earn her bachelor’s degree in interior architecture. “While drawing the plan for my dream home, I literally stopped and exclaimed, ‘This is it, this is what I want to do with

my life!’ I will never forget that moment. Architecture and design proved to be the perfect marriage of my creative and mechanical abilities,” Perez said. The former CRC student has been successful in her pursuit to become an interior designer. With her passion and dedication, she was recently appointed Creative Director at Miles Treaster & Associates, an interior design and furniture dealership in Sacramento. In explaining her new role she said, “As Creative Di-

rector I work with our Sales and Design teams to establish the creative vision for high profile projects. We are currently working on the design of the offices and lounge spaces at the new Golden 1 Center. It has been an incredibly amazing and exciting project to work on! My role is ever changing.” Perez is currently working towards her master’s degree in historic preservation with dreams of spending her golden years restoring an 18th century colonial home. After living in it, she would like to donate it as a house museum for others to visit and learn about history and architecture after she’s long gone. If you’re interested in architecture, please check out our website at

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