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Success Stories

From High School Dropout to NVC Instructor

There are no “typical” students at Napa Valley College. There are, however, thousands of stories of how people, circumstances, resources such as the Napa Valley College Foundation, and individual motivation come together to create beautiful, inspirational stories of determination and aptitude. This is one of those stories.

NVC Student Martina Sanchez Wins November Student of the Month Award

Despite the challenges presented to arts education during distanced and hybrid learning with limited resources, Napa Valley students are prevailing, creating art worthy of recognition. Napa Valley College Theater Arts student Martina Sanchez was one of nine students honored in November by the the Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance (ACNVEA). The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Student of the Month awards are presented for excellence in the disciplines of music, theater, and visual & digital arts.

Miguel Luna Named Viticulturist of the Year

Miguel Luna, partner, Silverado Farming Company, was named Viticulturist of the Year in Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 Wine Star Awards. Luna took classes at Napa Valley College in 2000-2004 and then again from 2007-2012, graduating with an AS Degree in Natural Science and Math in 2012.

Huzaifa Kamran Khawaja

Twenty-two-year-old Huzaifa Kamran Khawaja has been in the United States for less than three years but has made quite a mark in a short time. In 2017, his father, a retired Pakistani Air Force logistics officer and his mother, a homemaker, immigrated with the family from Pakistan, when Huzaifa was in the midst of completing his A-levels, roughly equivalent to a college-prep high school in the United States.

Inaugural Dr. Ed Shenk Excellence in Student Service Award

Napa Valley College has launched the “Dr. Ed Shenk Excellence in Student Service Award,” announced Oscar De Haro, assistant superintendent/vice president, student affairs. De Haro’s executive assistant, Martha Navarro, is the inaugural recipient of the award, created to recognize and honor student service staff members who have contributed to the success of Napa Valley College students through activities that promote student learning, retention and growth.