The Oak Leaf

Rhonda Findling is the MESA and Second Chance Counselor/Program Coordinator at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Hope amidst heartbreak

April 25, 2020

I listen to the heartbreaking stories of many of my students - those who lost jobs, who don't have adequate tech skills to do online classes, who have children at home, which creates unmanageable stress and inability to focus on school, those who do...

A second chance at life

A second chance at life

May 14, 2019

Apolinar Vega sits quietly at a table in Bertolini Student Center, listening as fellow students trickle into the conference room discussing exams, family and summer plans. One woman keeps her distance in the corner, worried the stink from her cabbage lun...

The speakers end the event with a panel by Matt Cox (2nd left), Nicolette Gottuso (middle) and Lyndsey Burcina (far right).

Route to recovery

April 25, 2018

She recovered from drugs. She wanted to recover from being average. She is still recovering from herself. At 24, Nicolette Gottuso, a speaker at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Recovery Night, is nine years sober and was recently accepted into a gradua...

The Second Chance Club’s mission is to provide support and advocacy for formerly incarcerated students trying to turn their lives around through education. The club offers scholarship opportunities, workshops to clear records and a sense of community in a judgement-free zone.

The Educational Impact on Prison Lives

April 6, 2018

We believe that people have the power to transform, an SRJC advisor told the audience after a powerful film screening of the award-winning documentary “The IF Project” at the Bertolini Student Activity Center on March 28. The Second Chance Club h...

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.
second chance club