Loan Thi Kim Nguyen has overcome major lifelong obstacles in
her pursuit of an education. The single mother of a three-year-old
daughter, Loan was herself raised by a single mother, except for a
period of time when she lived in foster care.
A resident of San Leandro, Loan earned AA degrees in both liberal
arts and social science at Laney College in Oakland. She transferred
to California State University, East Bay, in the fall of 2011 to pursue
a bachelors degree in sociology-social services. Supported by
CalWORKS, she wants to give back to the community that has
helped her in her time of need.
Despite her full schedule as a mother and student, she volunteers
for the Frank Kiang Medical Center in Oakland as a Vietnamese
language interpreter. Loan, who has maintained a 3.5 GPA,
anticipates receiving her bachelors degree in June 2013. She plans
to earn a masters degree in social work in preparation for a career
as a social worker serving foster youth.