EastSide University is proud to spotlight the following 

Alumni Success Stories

Cindy Estada completed ESL and High School Equivalency Certificate (HSE/GED) classes at ESU.  After earning her HSE, she transitioned to Houston Community College, where she graduated in May of 2016 with an Associate’s degree.  

Cindy has worked as a tax consultant for H & R Block and appeared on Deborah Duncan’s "Great Day Houston" show focusing on Houston Money Week (HMW) and how the financial education initiative inspired her to become a HMW volunteer to help the Hispanic community become financially empowered. 

Recently, she completed her studies at the University of Houston Downtown and graduated with a major in Accounting.

Shannon Haning

ESU partnered with Buckner Family Hope Center so that interested tenants could continue their education.  

Shannon became the first candidate to complete her Certificate of High School Equivalency (GED).  Despite challenges, Shannon stayed motivated, focused on her educational goals and succeeded!  


                               United States Citizenship 

              Naturalization Oath of Allegiance Ceremony 

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God." - Claudia Valle taking the "Oath" 

Claudia Valle English is my second language; while studying and memorizing, learning to read and write in English to order to respond to questions on the history of the United States, my mother was hospitalized. Committed to continue Citizenship class, I would go to the hospital to tend to my mother, leave to come to class, and after class, return to the hospital. After my mother was discharged from the hospital, she still needed care, so I would make sure someone stayed with her while I attended class. I did this for the entire semester. Once I was confident that I knew all 100 questions, many had two part answers, and only 5 random questions are asked, I went to apply for my citizenship. I was placed on a waiting list of over 1,000 of which a each person picks from number lottery so that the number picked is the order which applications are processed. At one point, my application was lost and I had to reapply. After two years of anxiously waiting I am proud to say I am now a United States Citizen!

Shanna Aniekwu completed GED classes at ESU and then earned her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate. Graduating with honors, she immediately was hired at Methodist Hospital. She received a Space City Rotatory Club scholarship and other awards that helped her attain housing for her and her children and a car to help her take her children to school and to go to work for the first time without depending on others or on public transportation. She is completed an RN certification at Houston Community College and owns her own home healthcare business.

Binja Chuma completed her GED studies at EastSide in the Spring. Her successful acquisition of a high school equivalency diploma was not the only achievement for Binja.  She is attending Houston Community College and studying to be a certified nurse.

Carlos Gonzalez completed his GED studies in 2015. He transitioned to Lone Star College, where he is preparing for a career through certification classes. At the Mayor's Literacy Leadership Awards Breakfast, Carlos was recognized as the Houston Literacy Learner of the Year and received a scholarship to help pay his tuition this semester. His advice to those who are struggling: "No matter what happens in life, you just gotta keep on going. Life change fast, and before you realize it, things are better. Just never give up."

Dadisi Netifret - I had very little knowledge about computers. The staff welcomed me with open arms. I opened my mind to the instructors as they taught me how to use the computer. I fell in love with it! Using a computer introduced me to a whole new world. EastSide University became my second home. It is because of this school that I am now an entrepreneur and author of 6 books, which are available through my website http://www.poetdadisi.com/home-1.html Thanks to EastSide University for being there to open my world to technology and to my own future.

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Gabriela Hernandez

     Gabriela came from an impoverished home setting in Mexico.   At the age of 12 years old, an American woman, visiting Mexico, met and befriended Gabriela's mom.  Since neither her parents nor her siblings ever attended school, the lady promised to provide an education for her as well as better living conditions to which Gabriela's mother happily agreed to.  Gabriela had never heard of the United States and had no idea where she was going other than trusting the lady and the promise the lady made to her mother.

     Sadly,  the woman had a malicious and hidden agenda for Gabriela and forced her to work seven days a week, from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. cleaning homes for only $15 a week.  Since Gabriela could not read nor write in English or in Spanish, she was at the complete mercy of that lady.  Gabriela was forbidden to use the telephone, watch television or listen to the radio.  Without being noticed, she observed how the woman turned the radio on and off, and how to change the radio channels.  Whenever the woman left the house, Gabriela took the opportunity to listen to the radio so she could start learning English.  

     Several years later, when the woman was away from home, Gabriela was listening to a Christian radio program; the broadcast's message was on helping immigrants who wanted to learn English and/or needed housing assistance.  She immediately telephoned the organization to ask for help.  The organization's minister, who also was a woman, poised as her aunt in order to get Gabriela away from that hostile living environment.  Although she was not able to enroll in public school at that time, many educational materials were made available to Gabriela so she could learn to read and write.  Gabriela continued to persevere in educating herself at every opportunity she had, never faltering to give up!  

     Twenty years ago, Gabriela enrolled in ESU for computer class as her job required her to use digital equipment.  Gabriela also studied for the U.S. Citizenship exam and is now a U.S. citizen.  However, reading cursive was a challenge for Gabriela as she could only read printed orders; many customers' submitted orders written in cursive and she struggled to read the order.  Gabriela was determined to learn cursive, and remembered taking computer class at ESU, but after 20 years, there were many neighborhood changes made and she could not recall ESU's location.  After many attempts driving down Scott and finally up Holman, she found ESU and is now enrolled for Cursive Classes and ESL!