JUNXIAN HE, also goes by “SAM”, is from China. He speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.
Because of the interest in Japanese animations, he decided to major in Japanese. He is planing to transfer to a four year university in the future. Although his Japanese is not very well, he will try his best to help others if they need translation.
Aiming Xu was born and raised in China, and she’s fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. Aiming is a student worker for APASS at Laney College in addition to working at the Library Audio Visual Department. She’s currently working on her AA degrees and wants to transfer to a four-year university. In the recent past, she worked as a canvasser for a non-profit organization that reached out to all Asian voters to explain some new bills to get more votes from voters in California. Her favorite quote is from Joe Vitale, “ A goal should scare you a little, & excite you a lot”.
Jielin Huang was born and raised in China and immigrated a year ago to the United States. She is an Accounting major and is trying her best to contribute to the Laney community.
Working at Laney’s APASS program – a program that helps our ESOL students – she discovered that many Asian-American students, such as herself, encounter unique challenges by being Asian-American.
Presently, she helps promote events and programs that are designed to improve the academic and cultural experience of the ESOL students at Laney. She also designs all of APASS’ flyers.
Since she is majoring in Accounting and wants to use her knowledge and skills to best serve her community, she ran for and was elected to the position of ASLC Treasurer.
She is the co-founder of the Asianrific! Club – a club that provides a platform for international students to share their customs, values, and cultural experiences.
Student Ambassador: APASS
Student Worker: Public Information Office
Co-founder: Asianrific! Club
ESOL Teacher Aid
Born and raised in Mongolia, Zolzaya Bayarsaikhan is an international student at Laney College planning to transfer to a 4-year university. She founded Magellanic Clouds, a morning club whose purpose is to help people develop themselves collaboratively as a community.
Zolzaya works as an ESOL embedded tutor and as a tutor at Laney’s Writing Workshop. She works in the classroom under the instructor’s guidance to help students understand course concepts and enhance students engagement.
Her favorite motto is “We don’t grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges”.
Zhenkeng Lin is an international student who was born and raised in Guangdong, China. Because he wants to enrich his experiences while studying aboard, he decided to become a student ambassador at APASS program in Laney College. He also goes by “Kyle”.
Majoring in business, Kyle is planing to transfer to a four-year university. He likes to play Rubik’s Cube, because he can always use different ways to restore it. He also likes photography because he really enjoys the process of exploring the beauty in life.
Lien Tran, known as Kim, was born and raised in a small city named Hue in Vietnam. Start studying Banking and Finance at Laney College three years ago, her education plan is to get an A.A degree and apply OPT afterward. Since she has started working for APASS program as a student ambassador, her main motivation comes from providing excellent service to every customer whom she comes to help with. “I’m motivated by the fact that, when I finally solve the student’s problem, seeing the smiles on their faces makes know that I have just helped many people like me in the past, who need help with either English or life experiences.” She also likes to watch the TV shows because “Through what I have watched, I probably learn a ton of significant lessons that I could never ever know.”
Dennis Urbina – was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, the smallest country in Centro America. He is a Castellano native speaker that has lived in rural and urban areas in El Salvador. He migrates to the United States in September 2015 for the opportunity to have a degree in Economics and live with his mother. He was a student at Oakland High School where he completed 3 years in the program Newcomers. He is currently a full-time student at Laney Community with an intended major in Business Administration and his career goal is to pursue an AS-T degree to go the California State East Bay or U.C. Berkeley.
He encourages students to form part of the Puente Program for English and to visite the APASS program located at Gym 112. English for those who want to improve their linguistic skills and be part of a family and APASS for all the students that need or want help to create a student educational plan with our counselor.
Ferdy Garcia– was born in Guatemala, a beautiful country by the way. His first language is Spanish, and his second language is English. He came to the United States in May 2015 with the purpose of getting a better life and better education. He graduated from Oakland High School in 2015, and now he is studying at Laney College to become an electrician. He encourages all Latinos students to come to APASS, the program will help you to guide all of you to have a successful semester.
Thao Vo, also goes by Rachel, was born and raised in the beautiful coastal city of Danang, Vietnam. In 2018, she began her college journey at Peralta Colleges where she has been pursuing the Mathematics Associate Degree, with an intention to continue with her Data Analysis major when transferring to Cal State Eastbay. While attending Laney College, she had an opportunity to become a team member of the APASS’s Student Ambassadors, which has given her in-depth learning experiences while cultivating sustainable development.
Outside of school, she often finds herself journal crafting and listening to classical and pop music. She is also attempting to learn more languages as she aspires to be able to communicate in at least 4 languages before turning 25.