Month: January 2017

Yonik Gomez

Yonik Gomez is in his first semester at KCC for his general education classes and he intends on graduating with a degree in radiology technology.

“I always wanted to get into the medical field,” says Yonik, but since his wife already lives the stressful life of a nurse, he’d rather “get a job that’ll be relaxing.”

Yonik is from New York but was stationed in Kaneohe in 2012 during his time in the military. He’s glad that he finished his five-year contract in the military and is now hoping to get his degree. In his spare time he likes to cook, work, and draw “anything that’s in front of [him].”

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Aster Sarte

Aster Sarte will be a KCC student in the Fall 2017 semester, returning to school after a nearly 10-year hiatus. Aster was born in the Philippines but moved to Madrid, Spain before he was a teenager. Though he spent much of his youth in Madrid, Aster is a die-hard Barcelona futbol fan, all despite having grown up next to Real Madrid’s stadium and hearing the roar of those fans during home games. At age 19, Aster moved again – this time west to California where he studied filmmaking in college.

After spending time working in film, Aster surprised his friends (and maybe himself) when he decided to join the armed forces. He saw combat overseas, returning to California and filmmaking after his tour of duty. Now, living on O’ahu, Aster will be taking a variety of classes in the realm of sustainability. He has taken a permaculture and design course outside of KCC and wants to increase his knowledge base in that field. On switching from his former role in the armed forces to working with plants and harvesting crops, Aster laughed candidly, “part of it is healing, too. In a way, because of course, all the damage that I’ve done in the military. [War] is the total opposite.”

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  • Serena MurraySerena Murray
    Serena Murray, a Mililani native and current resident, is working toward her RN license in the LPN-ADN Transition Program here at KCC. She has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for the past six years, and hopes that by transitioning to an RN role she will give herself more options in the healthcare profession and ideally earn a higher salary. Serena keeps busy with her family; her daughter is in the drumline at Mililani High School and she has two younger boys. Serena's husband is in the military and they previously spent time in Oklahoma. Having since returned to O'ahu, Serena is excited to continue her education path at KCC. When not busy with classes or her current work as an LPN, you'll likely find Serena at the beach or hiking trails across the island.