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Sense of Responsibility to Serve Inspires Support

With a smile and sense of pride, donors Paul and Melonie Brophy like to share a story about Paul's mother and the importance of education. Near the end of the Great Depression, Paul's mother wanted to enroll in a state teaching college in New York, which was free at the time. She understood the value of post-secondary education and wanted to be the first in her family to attend college. However, Paul's grandfather would not allow her to go. "So she forged her father's signature," Paul said, clearly proud of his mother's initiative. "She was determined to attend."

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De Anza student flourishes with help of EOPS Scholars

Sometimes it's the seemingly little things - a word of encouragement, an offer of help in solving a problem, a small emergency grant - that can keep a student moving past life's low points to a better future. This was the case for Daniel Quijano, whose life took some hard turns after he graduated from San Jose's Lincoln High School. Fortunately, Danny got involved with Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) when he came to De Anza College.

Workforce education helps De Anza graduate start his own auto business

Tony Ruiz wasn't sure what he wanted to do after he graduated from Saratoga High School. The opportunity came for a job at a welding and fabrication shop, and since he had always liked building things he decided to take it. He enjoyed the work and the pay was good, but he was always on the lookout for other options.