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Deanna Heikkinen

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Bakersfield College has been instrumental in my college success. Through faculty members such as Nancy Magner and Don Turney, I was encouraged to go on to complete graduate school. This was a great achievement for me as I am the first person on both sides of my family to have a graduate degree.

Bakersfield College provided me the guidance to find what it was I am passionate about—Anthropology and Art History and also gave me the tools to succeed. Their EOPS program and financial aid office assisted me in funding my education, while my teachers became mentors and provided me a challenging education that encouraged me to grow as a student.

I am now teaching part-time for Bakersfield College and dream of inspiring my students as I once was while at Bakersfield College.