MHCC's New Student Leader Has a Lot to Offer
Posted: September 21, 2012
Growing up with four younger siblings in a tight-knit family, Antonio Guerrero set an example for doing one’s best. Now, from an elective platform at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), he plans to lead the student community to similar success.
Last spring, MHCC students elected Guerrero and William Miller to vice president and president, respectively, of the college’s Associated Student Government (ASG).
Guerrero has accomplished a lot for his 21 years. Since moving from Guatemala a decade ago, he has learned exceptional English, graduated from David Douglas High School with honors and attended MHCC in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Currently, he balances the main areas of his life: father to an 18-month-old son, full-time student and ASG vice president.
“As the oldest of four children, I’ve always been a role model in my family,” he says. “I’m always setting the bar for my siblings.”
He has also been a role model at MHCC for the last two years as an ASG Senator for the School of Nursing and then as Senator Pro Tempore. “I see being involved in ASG as a way of showing others it’s possible. I’ve learned never to give up. Just look for the opportunities in life and take the chances you’re given,” he says.
Guerrero’s decision to attend MHCC was simple. Initially wanting to pursue a career in nursing, he chose MHCC for its ability to prepare students for real-life situations.
Then he met a real-life situation of his own.
“When I found out I was going to have a son I knew I needed to find a degree that would get me in and out of school quickly. I needed a career that would give me an amount of stability in my life, for me and for my child,” says Guerrero.
His next career decision was equally simple: He switched his major to business. After completing his courses at MHCC, he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree at either Eastern Oregon University’s College of Business located on the MHCC campus or at Portland State University.
Working with Miller, the new ASG president, Guerrero plans to focus on campus safety and gaining national recognition for MHCC. “We want to put MHCC on the map. We have a lot to offer,” he says.
And, this amazing student, leader and father has some words of wisdom for all 32,000 MHCC students – and anyone else who may be considering enrolling at MHCC – “With hard work and dedication you can be your dream, and MHCC is the place to make it happen.”
By Teresa Lane