• Meet Your SOAR Team Leaders


  • Ivan 2018

    Name: Ivan Orozco
    Hometown: Troutdale, OR
    Grade: Sophomore
    High school attended: Reynolds High School
    Program of study: Business Administration
    Must watch movie or must read book: Jurassic World
    If you look into my fridge you will find: Mexican food such as carne asada, nopales, chilaquiles, beans, and Chinese food.
    My ideal playlist includes: ASAP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Rich the Kid, Juice World, Ski Mask, Akon and Ozuna.
    I chose MHCC because: Of the inexpensive tuition, reputable business curriculum, and also a matter of short distance from my current household which is very convenient.
    I’m excited to be on the SOAR team because: Growing up, I naturally picked up and urge to want to help others and simply give back to my community but never found a solid form to do so. Being in the position that currently in, provides me with an opportunity to inspire and encourage others to follow their ambitions and reach their fullest potential. I also receive the chance to be witness of students’ success and accomplishments and to strive and help students gain helpful tools and insights of MHCC’s magnificent learning environment. My personal mission is to commit to make students’ first college experience positively memorable and welcoming.
    After MHCC, I plan to: Transfer to PSU to continue pursuing my education in Business and attend two years to receive my bachelor’s.


    Brian 2018

    Name: Harald (Brian) Gonzalez
    Hometown: México city
    Grade: High school
    High school attended: Centro Universitario Cultural México Aragón (México City)
    Program of study: Computer Science
    Must watch movie or must read book: Nightmare before Christmas (movie), and Coraline (book and movie).
    If you look into my fridge you will find: chocolate with almonds.
    My ideal playlist includes: blink 182 - the rock show. Los Angeles azules 17 años.
    I chose MHCC because: is an institution that supports and motivates their students to continue reaching their goals.
    I’m excited to be on the SOAR team because: I have passion to help students.
    After MHCC, I plan to: transfer to PSU to finish a 4 years degree.


    Eduardo 2018

    Name: Eduardo Sanchez Simancas
    Hometown: Oaxaca Mexico
    Grade: Sophomore
    High school attended: Sam Barlow High School, Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program and Centennial High School
    Program of study: The Associate of Science in Engineering.
    Must watch movie or must read book: The Martian
    If you look into my fridge you will find: A lot of bottled water because my fridge is broken.
    My ideal playlist includes: A little of everything. Some examples are but not limited to; Eminem, Phora, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, Paramore, Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
    I chose MHCC because: It was close to home and I didn’t know what college to go to.
    I’m excited to be on the SOAR team because: I get to help other students and prevent them from struggling to get their education like I did. I’m excited to work with my team members and making a difference to the community.
    After MHCC, I plan to: Transfer to any university that accepts me. PSU, OSU or UO would all be great colleges to go too.


    Alexis 2018

    Name: Alexis Barajas
    Hometown: Gresham, OR. Guanajuato, Mex.
    Grade: Third Year
    High school attended: Sam Barlow
    Program of study: Computer Science
    Must watch movie or must read book: Interstellar
    If you look into my fridge you will find: Almond milk.
    My ideal playlist includes: J Cole, Drake, Kendrick, Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar.
    I chose MHCC because: Convenience, Financially great, diverse programs including CS.
    I’m excited to be on the SOAR team because: I want to be able to help out as many prospective students as I can and be able to make a difference in making college more of a possibility for every student.
    After MHCC, I plan to: Continue my studies and go for my bachelors degree in CS.


    Kyle 2018

    Name: Kyle Peterson
    Hometown: Sandy, Oregon
    Grade: I am a sophomore at Mt. Hood Community College
    High school attended: Sandy High School
    Program of study: Automotive, Ford ASSET
    Must watch movie or must read book: Baby Driver is the greatest movie ever made and Stephen King’s”IT” is the best horror novel ever made.
    If you look into my fridge you will find: a lot of Siracha. Siracha is one of Mother Earth’s greatest gifts.
    My ideal playlist includes: Good old Rocknroll.
    I chose MHCC because: To me it was a good starting point for me and was a lot more convenient financially and I did not have to leave home just yet.
    I’m excited to be on the SOAR team because: I will get to know the students around campus more through tours and visits, and to bond with my fellow Soar members.
    After MHCC, I plan to: transfer to Portland State University and continue my education in Business and Accounting.


    Monze 2018

    Name: Lizbeth Rivera (Monze)
    Hometown: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
    Grade: Freshman
    High school attended: Centennial High School
    Program of study: Pre-Medicine
    Must watch movie or must read book: Read a book.
    If you look into my fridge you will find: Orange juice, Gansitos, Ice cream.
    My ideal playlist includes: Banda, Bachata, Reggeton, Hip Hop, Cumbia, Pop and many more.
    I chose MHCC because: It would give me an opportunity to experience more hands-on about the medical program.
    I’m excited to be on the SOAR team because: I like helping people no matter the situation. Even more so when I had that same experience, and I can make it much better for that person.
    After MHCC, I plan to: I would like to be transfer either to Concordia University or Oregon Institute of Technology, but my main goal is to study at OHSU.