Ask her to describe Cuyamaca College in a single word, and Ariane Ahmadian doesn’t hesitate: Community.
“Cuyamaca is all about community,” said the assistant senior in the Admissions and Records Office who also serves as president of the college’s Classified Senate.
“I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with faculty, staff and administrators throughout the campus, and what comes through very clearly is that the best interests of the students are always a priority," she said. "I love the community atmosphere and the collaborative working relationships that have been built between people who are clearly so passionate about what they do.”
Ariane, 30, was herself a student at the college. She first enrolled following her graduation from West Hills High School in 2004. She took classes at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges off and on over the next several years, and she landed a job as a student hourly worker in the Admissions and Records Office in 2009.
Ariane was promoted to an assistant senior in 2013, the same year she earned her associate of arts degree. She started her bachelor’s degree program in organizational management at Cuyamaca in January through a college partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University.
As an assistant senior, Ariane oversees the processing of all records, from residency verifications to official transcripts. She also coordinates the high school dual enrollment program, processing all paperwork needed for high school students to enroll.
“We have close to 1,000 students this fall in our dual enrollment program, a number that has definitely been steadily growing the past few years thanks to the efforts of the East County Education Alliance and our incredible student outreach department,” she said.
“I’m very proud to say that I work here,” Ariane said. “We get a lot done at this college, and we’ve been able to get a lot done by working together as a team.”