Jennifer Jovel, Fremont, CA (1995-1997)

The best memories I have as a student at Ohlone are the university visits I went on as part of the Transfer Incentive Program (TIP). Our counselor, Nina Genera, took us on campus tours of local universities. It was the first time I had ever stepped foot on a university campus and it helped me envision transfer as a realistic option. I loved spending time in Building 1, visiting the Transfer Center, Counseling, and EOPS. Getting to know the wonderful faculty and staff inspired me to one day return and work with Ohlone students.

I transferred from Ohlone to U.C. Berkeley and received my bachelor’s degree in social welfare with a concentration in sociology and a minor in Chicano studies in 1999. I received my master’s degree from San Jose State in educational counseling in 2001. After San Jose State, I went to Stanford where I earned a master’s degree in sociology in 2003 and a Ph.D. in the sociology of education in 2008.

In 2000, I worked part-time at Ohlone College Student Services, Transfer Center, EOPS, and Counseling. In 2006, I began teaching Sociology and Chicano Studies at Ohlone part-time while also working as a research assistant at Stanford University. From 2012 to 2014, I went to work full-time as the Puente Counselor at Mission College. In 2014, I came back to Ohlone as a full-time sociology instructor and couldn’t be happier!