Graduate student German Cadenas came to the U.S. from Venezuela with his family when he was 15. At the time, Venezuela was host to a national strike against President Hugo Chavez. His family overstayed their visas in the U.S. for fear they would return to a dictatorship in their home country.
Cadenas graduated from high school in Tempe and applied to attend ASU, but was denied admission because of his immigration status and lack of a student visa. Cadenas achieved two associate’s degrees from Mesa Community College, and was admitted to ASU after three attempts.
Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona.