Hometown: Firebaugh, California
School: West Hills College Coalinga, Firebaugh Center
Major: Business Administration
Placement: United Farmworkers
Anissa was born in the agricultural town of Hollister, California. She later moved to the small town of Firebaugh in California’s central valley, where her parents, who both emigrated from Mexico at a young age, were employed as farm workers. As a first-generation college student, Anissa has always understood the importance of education which was instilled in her at a young age. On-campus, Anissa has worked with the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) as a tutor to students who are migratory and seasonal farmworkers or children of such workers.
Anissa is a rising sophomore at West Hills College Coalinga, Firebaugh Center majoring in Business Administration. Upon completing her associate’s degree, Anissa hopes to transfer to California State University, Fresno, and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Her ultimate career goal as of right now would be to work in the field of international business, most likely working with an airline. However, she is open to learning more about the various career opportunities available.
As a CHCI Intern, Anissa hopes to increase her knowledge about the United Farm Workers (UFW), political advocacy, and legislation that impacts all workers. She wants this experience to better prepare her to positively impact her family and her community.