Jonah Moon is not your typical student success story. Yes he has a GPA in the neighborhood of 3.8 and has only received two B‘s aside from the straight A’s since enrolling at GCC in the summer of 2015. He works about 10 hours a week as a tutor in the Learning Center and also in the Multicultural and Community Engagement Center and is waiting for his college acceptances to start coming in April.
He makes eye contact when he talks to you, has a great smile and looks younger than his 26 years.
But delve a little bit deeper into his background and it becomes clear that he is lucky to be a student achieving any kind of success. He dropped out of high school in his sophomore year, joined a tagging gang and spent over four years in prison from the ages of 18 to 23 for a felony assault conviction.
His life might be a lot different today had it not been for his desire to change his path during his incarceration, devouring any book he could get his hands on and starting college classes through Coastline Community College.
He credits Glendale College for keeping him on the forward path to success, offering opportunities to succeed despite his past and sharing the message that if he can turn his life around, anyone can.