Laurie Covarrubias is a trailblazer, at least in her family. The 29-year-old Native American resident of West Covina graduated Friday from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut with an associate’s degree in social and behavioral sciences.
She’s done a lot in the past few years, but attending college was a feat unequalled by both her parents and grandparents.
“There’s not a whole lot of success in academics with Native Americans,” Covarrubias said. “A lot of people just don’t go to college. It’s just not part of our life-style. You have your traditional family … if you finish high school, you have your kids and raise them.”
Covarrubias was one of more than 2,300 students to graduate from Mt. SAC this year. The school is the largest single-district community college in the state, serving some 60,000 students.
Read more in Hilary Smith’s story LAURIE.