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Support helped Vanessa Perez to excel at ECC

Vanessa Perez

Vanessa Perez

Vanessa Perez has an appetite to serve those in need-especially young children with language and communication barriers. 

Her desire to study communication disorders and sciences stems not only from her curiosity about the human mind and how it interplays with language, but also her own experiences with an autistic family member having difficulty communicating.

“That's where my passion is-trying to help kids develop language and break through those barriers so they can communicate with someone properly, especially when they are unable to,” she said.

Perez, of Huntley, attended ECC over her in-district community college because of the ease of transferring credits as well as the friendly, supportive environment. That support has allowed her to help in any way she can, as she served as the service officer for Phi Theta Kappa and was heavily involved with Student Life.

“I definitely fell in love with the campus,” she said. “If I could stay here forever, I would.”

Perez graduated from ECC in May 2016 with an associate in science. She plans to attend Eastern Illinois University and hopes to become a speech pathologist and practice speech therapy. 

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