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Outstanding Graduate

This award recognizes an individual not only demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, but also has made a meaningful contribution to their profession and demonstrated perseverance to overcome adversity.

The Outstanding Graduate Award is presented to an individual who graduated from an ACCSC-accredited institution, is making outstanding contributions to his/her profession, and exemplifies what is possible through hard work, determination, and perseverance. The Outstanding Graduate Award is designed to recognize an individual who not only has demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, but an extraordinary commitment to his/her occupational field or community.

2014 outstanding graduate

Racquel Garcia
ICDC College - Huntington Park, California

Racquel Garcia graduated from ICDC College in 2014 with a diploma in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Having battled addiction herself, Racquel passionately wanted to get an education and work in a profession where she could help others. In the process, Racquel turned everything around her into motivation and through the skills she learned as an ICDC College student, founded a non-profit organization, Helping Everyone Recover (HER) as a place for victims of ‘circumstantial or natural’ disaster to seek relief in times of trouble. Following graduation, Colorado’s most destructive wildfire on record inspired Racquel to take action in her community and she quickly began fundraising and gathering items for families and individuals impacted by the wildfire. Racquel’s efforts quickly expanded beyond fundraising and she started to work directly with adults dealing with substance abuse, and providing support to their families by assisting with matters such connecting with local charities, philanthropic organizations, and county human services departments. Through her efforts, Racquel brings hope to those who may have no other place to turn, and provides a pathway for individuals to pursue as they seek a better life.