April 2011

On April 16, 2011, nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Humanities and International Studies Program housed at C. K. McClatchy High School. Current and alumni parents, current and retired staff, community supporters and nearly 60 alumni enjoyed a beautiful spring evening and toasted the success of HISP and those students who have passed through the program.

We asked those alumni in attendance to let us know what they have been doing since graduating from the program. Below is a summary of the responses we received:

After HISP
They continued their studies at:

  • Brown University
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Columbia University
  • CSU Chico
  • CSU Fresno
  • CSU Sacramento
  • Harvard University
  • National University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy
  • UC Davis
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • University of Capetown
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of the Pacific, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
  • Willamette University

Where they obtained:

A bachelorís degree in:

  • American studies
  • communication design
  • communications
  • economics
  • education
  • ethnic studies
  • journalism
  • public health and policy

A masterís degree in:

  • curriculum and instruction
  • education
  • social work
  • business administration (MBA)

As well as:

  • a teaching credential
  • an administrative credential
  • a juris doctorate (J.D.)
  • a doctorate in education (Ed.D)

Then they went to work doing interesting things in a wide variety of fields. Many ended up in education and government.


  • principal of Sequoia Elementary School in Rosemont
  • teacher
  • high school teacher (mathematics specialist)
  • history-social studies teacher
  • high school math teacher at Sheldon High School in Elk Grove
  • social science teacher at Franklin High School
  • high school teacher
  • staff for UC Davis resolving student conduct issues
  • education programs consultant for the California Department of Education serving as the statewide coordinator for the AVID program


  • legislative staff for California state senators
  • staff to Governor of California
  • legislative director of the California State Assembly
  • social worker for Sacramento County Child Protective Services
  • press and policy staff for Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown
  • staff for the California Community Colleges Chancellorís Office specializing in governmental relations, research, and planning
  • policy and program analyst for the California Prison Health Care Services

Private sector, the arts, and more:

  • ballerina
  • civilian staff at Sacramento Police Department
  • nanny
  • investment companyís human resources staffer
  • IT manager for Catholic Healthcare West
  • employee of Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • vice president of finance at a venture capital firm
  • finance and insurance industry positions
  • political campaign staffer
    college admissions consultant
  • graphic designer
  • landscape architect specializing in ecosystem restoration
  • clinical psychologist
  • program manager at the Center for Multicultural Cooperation overseeing the California Voices program
  • AmeriCorps member specializing in fundraising and development
  • American Red Cross staff member
  • vice president of the Analysis Group specializing in economic litigation
  • director of development for a sustainable agriculture nonprofit
  • writer for a website about baseball, past and present

Their lives are fullóraising great kids, spending time with family, traveling, running marathons and half-marathons, and fostering greyhounds.

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