On April 27, 2018 Veteran Peer Specialist and Mission Continues Fellow Jessica Lopez was honored at an academic assembly at the College of Lake County for graduating with the highest honors. She will formally graduate on May 12 to receive an “Associates in Arts” Degree on her path to a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters and a Doctorate.
Lopez was recognized for “Academic Excellence in Social Work” for her 4.0 GPA. While studying at CLC, Jessica served as President of the Student Veterans Club after her tenure as Secretary of the club. “The club was important for me, post-military,” said Jessica. “After serving with the Marines in Okinawa for four years, I needed some help getting grounded and making friends,” she said. She hopes to eventually serve military families In a clinical social work capacity.