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Student Success Stories



Luis Gutierrez, an international student at Mission College. He is in his twenties and wears a blue dress shirt and tie. He has short dark hair.

Luis Gutierrez
Major: Business Administration
Country: Colombia

A leader and an agent of change in Colombia

"Studying at Mission was the best decision I have ever made. Mission College provided me everything I needed for my success. I took advantage of all the resources available. Upon return to my country in 2014,  I worked for the National Department.

I have worked for the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Housing, Territory and Cities. I was also part of Tecnalia Colombia, a Technological Development Center. There, we developed projects with the “Economic Development Secretary” of Bogotá, the capital of Colombia and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.

I am currently working at the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation endorsing science, technology and innovation policy in all the country."

Lakshmi Venkataesh

Lakshmi Venkataesh
Major: Graphic Design
Country: India

Winner of Silicon Valley Business Journal Create-a-Thon 2016

"I was so nervous about being a student in the United States, but my professors were so nurturing and encouraging that I became more confident in my ability to do well in my studies. I was able to participate in the Silicon Valley Business Journal Create-a-Thon and won the competition with my classmates this year."

Hao Pham, Vietnam

Thong Nguyen
Major: Hospitality Management
Country: Vietnam

Recipient of 6 Mission College Scholarships

"I have received 6 scholarships at Mission College. I have recently started working as a prep cook at the Child Development Center for the college. I love Mission, and this is my second home!"

Basma Baiya, Morocco

Basma Baiya
Major: Graphic Design
Country: Morocco

Speech Tournament Winner

"When I first started at Mission College, I was very nervous about public speaking. My teachers have taught me how to prepare and give presentations. Now, I feel confident when I get up and speak in front of an audience."

Hao Pham, Vietnam

Hao Pham
Major: Physics
Country: Vietnam

University of California, Berkeley Graduate

"I chose Mission College because of the excellent reputation for its intensive English program and STEM courses. Mission prepared me for the rigorous academic work at UC Berkeley. I know that I made the right decision by choosing Mission."

Evans Otieno Odhiambo, Kenya

Evans Otieno Odhiambo
Major: Computer Network Technology
Country: Kenya

Interning at Netgear

"Mission College has good connection with a variety of companies in the Bay Area. It has not only offered me quality education but has also helped me find some work experience on campus and even at high Tech Companies like NETGEAR Inc. where I am currently an intern."


Video Testimonials from Students

Advice on Coming to Mission

Students from Mission College's International Center give advice to incoming students in regards to navigating their new home.

New Experiences in America

Mission College international students talk about their sometimes very different experiences in a new country.

Breaking the Language Barrier

International Students from Mission College in Santa Clara talk about how they broke through the language barrier in their new country.

First Time in America

International Students share their first time in America.

Rosa's Story

From Mexican immigrant to Master's student, Rosa Sosa is a success story.

Danes Visit Mission

Danish exchange students talk about their experiences.