New Educational Advisor at the Ridgecrest Campus Blaine Simmons believes strongly in the mission of community colleges.
“If someone had told me after I graduated from high school I would go to college and eventually earn my Master’s Degree, I would have thought they had lost their mind,” said Simmons. “At first it felt like a really long road, but what students don’t understand is how fast it all goes by,” he continued. “It’s a challenge balancing school, work, and family. But, I’m proof it can be done, and I want to be a mentor and strong presence in the lives of other community college students.”
Simmons grew up in Corona, California, and completed his Associate of Arts Degree at Riverside City College. He has worked and interned for a number of California State community colleges, including: El Camino College, Los Angeles Community College District, Long Beach City College, and Santa Ana College.
An avid snowboarder, Simmons is new to Ridgecrest and loves being surrounded by the various mountain ranges that offer great snowboarding opportunities. He first heard about Cerro Coso while snowboarding in Mammoth and thought it would be great to work at a community college so close to the mountain. How ironic that he replaces Kim Blackwell who relocated to Bishop to serve as an Educational Advisor for the college’s Mammoth Lakes and Bishop campuses.
Simmons loves all things Volkswagen, “It may be a little car,” he says of his VW Rabbit, “but it’s filled with big ideas, big performance, and big possibilities. Just like community colleges,” he said with a grin.
Simmons holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University Northridge, a Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, and is a member of the Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity Inc. Cerro Coso WELCOMES Blaine!