Merced College said Dominique Corrales Navarrette is the November Outstanding Student of the Month.
Navarrette is a reentry student and a single father with four children ranging in age from 6-12. He enrolled in Merced College in January after being medically separated from his career as a police officer with the UC Merced Police Department. Since that time he has carried more than 20 units each semester with a 3.5 GPA.
As a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, he helps other students with math, Spanish, and other subjects. He also volunteers and helps feed the homeless, among other projects, according to a news release. He is vice president of Service for Phi Theta Kappa. In that position he is developing a program that will bring students from local elementary schools to Merced College to introduce them in higher education through campus tours.
He also reads at Burbank Elementary School to 1st grade classes and teaches 3rd and 4th grade children basketball skills. He also volunteers with the Merced Bears Youth Football organization. He’ll successfully complete an associate of arts degree in social and behavioral science in May 2012.
He plans to transfer to UC Merced and major in sociology and minor in mathematics. With the ultimate goal of earning a doctorate in education from Stanford University, he said he plans "to teach high school mathematics in a socioeconomic deprived area making a positive contribution at the educator level and coach high school football."