From a single-parent household, Shaniece Williams and her younger sister grew up in daycare
while their mother kept the family together during good times and bad.
Shanieces care for and interest in her sisters learning disability led to her involvement
in special education programs at her school, especially for children with Downs syndrome and
autism. It also helped her learn firsthand how to be compassionate and nurturing toward others.
Today, Shaniece is a freshman at California State University, Bakersfield, majoring in liberal
studies. She was honored to be selected to participate in Chevrons four-year Students Training
for Achievement, Reward and Success (STARS) program at the university. Students work part-time
during the school year and full-time during the summer, while learning professional skills.
After graduation, Shaniece plans to use her degree to teach special education in elementary schools.