Alma Garcia is a first-generation college student and West Valley college alumna. With the support of her Puente Counselor, Instructors, and peers, she was able to transfer to San Jose State university. Alma obtained her bachelor's degree and master's degree in Social Work. She has over five years of experience in higher education. Outside of academia, Alma has worked as a Social Worker for the State of California, San Mateo County Child Protective Services, and Kaiser Permanente. Alma provides academic, career, and personal counseling as an embedded Counselor in the School of Languages Arts.