Shawn Khalifa

Today, [Shawn] Khalifa is a program coordinator at Irvine Valley College, a father and a soon-to-be graduate of UC Irvine. … He took advantage of the Underground Scholars program, which helps provide resources and support to formerly incarcerated students on campus and guidance for community college students who want to transfer to a university. … “It’s rewarding to see him go full circle, and I’m excited to see what he’s going to do at Irvine Valley College,” said [Hector] Cervantes [director of UCI’s Underground Scholars Program]. …“Education gives you ownership over your intelligence and abilities. No one’s going to take these degrees from me and people want to hire people with knowledge,” Khalifa said.

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