SFCC student Wena' Knaup:
I honestly never gave any thought to becoming an
interpreter for the deaf until after attending a church service in Montana in 2005.
I was intrigued and awe-struck by the beauty and feeling projected by the sign language
interpreters. This experience sounded a bell inside me and inspired me to seek to
learn more about American Sign Language and the deaf community.
Nominated for a 2014 Transforming Lives Award, Ryan now works with autistic and disabled adults at West Central Community Center.
His educational journey at SFCC was not easy. In 1989, a freak electrical accident, which involved a 30-foot fall, left Ryan with
significant long-term physical and cognitive issues, including memory problems, bouts of depression and symptoms similar to a
Armando Garcia is in his second year at SFCC. The son of migrant farmworkers, he came to this country at the age of five. Due to an infection during infancy, his right leg was not fully
developed. His parents came to the United States from Mexico in search of better medical care for their son.