Many of our graduates have gone on to become role models of economic and social success in the San Francisco minority community. A great number of our students have started their own businesses, bought their own homes, and/or risen to high-ranking positions in their fields.
• Rose Posada studied English and clerical skills at MLVS and was placed at Wells Fargo Bank as a teller. She worked her way up the corporate ladder to be Vice President and Branch Manager at the 22nd and Mission Street branch. A frequent attendee at school events and celebrations, Ms. Posada credits the school not only for the job training she received, but also for encouraging her to be an active member of her community and help others follow in her path.
• After graduating from MLVS, Manuel Alvarez enrolled in City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and later in San Francisco State University (SFSU), receiving his B.A. in 1981. He is now President and Chief Broker of M.F.K. Financial Corporation, a real estate and business financing company in downtown San Francisco.
• Becky Murgado graduated from the clerical skills program. She now manages the employment agency Madsen Staffing Associates. She frequently calls MLVS’ Employment Department to hire new graduates.
• Adolfo Caszarry completed training at MLVS and was placed in an entry-level position at Pacific Telephone. He continued his education at night, and eventually graduated from college. Mr. Caszarry currently is the owner of an Allstate Insurance branch.
• For Ramiro Zeron, the most valuable part of his training was learning business habits and practices, as well as the school’s connections with private industry. Mr. Zeron graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix’s M.B.A. program, and has since held a wide variety of upper management positions at Pacific Bell in the areas of financial analysis, procurement, and cost reductions. He is currently the leading candidate for the positions of Director of Outside Plans for seven states.
• Iris Lopez, a single parent from El Salvador, entered the Medical Assisting Program in 2002 with no work history or high school diploma, and 8th grade level English language skills. Through intensive study and individual tutoring, she went on to receive the highest marks in her class on final exams. Iris is now Section Supervisor for externship students at a well-known medical clinic in the mission district.