Long Beach Student Honored With Sue Fleming Memorial Scholarship

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CAPPS scholarship presented to American Career College Long Beach student Vivian Berumen; the single mother is grateful for $3,000.

Vivian Berumen is a hardworking, dedicated student in the medical assistant program at the Long Beach campus of American Career College.

“As a single mother I want to be a role model for my daughter and show her that coming to school every day and focusing does pay off,” Berumen said. “I’ve managed to make it to school on time, usually even an hour early just to study.”

Her dedication has been rewarded by the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS), who selected Berumen for the Sue Fleming Memorial Scholarship. Campus leaders surprised her with the announcement that she will be receiving $3000 towards her tuition, courtesy of CAPPS.

“Ecstatic does not even begin to describe what I felt when I was informed that I was selected. It feels great to know that my hard work, dedication, and determination are being recognized. In continuing to focus what is important to me will enable me to continue to grow and learn,” Berumen said.

“Vivian is certainly worthy of this and I am thrilled that she was picked for this scholarship,” said ACC Long Beach Campus Dean Irma Blanco. “She is a dedicated student juggling a lot of responsibilities as a mother – a true role model for others and a delight to have on campus.”

“My desire is to immerse myself in learning in a field that I believe can benefit from a hard working individual,” Berumen said. “The notion of helping others always gives me a sense of fulfillment, and the field of medical assisting gives me the opportunity to do just that every day.”

The Sue Fleming Memorial Scholarship is one of several honorary memorial scholarships that CAPPS gives each year. Susan Marie Fleming began her career in Allied Health in 1986 when she enrolled in a medical assisting certificate program at Western Career College. She became an instructor at the school and then department chair. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from National University, she rose through the Western Career College ranks, first as dean of education, then as executive director of the Sacramento Campus. In 2004, she was promoted to operations director for the Central Valley campuses. Fleming passed away unexpectedly in 2005.

American Career College supports the CAPPS scholarship program by underwriting the Norma Ford memorial scholarship, which provides $3,000 to a deserving student studying in the health care field.

About ACC Long Beach
Located in the heart of downtown Long Beach, which features unique restaurants and popular attractions such as the Pike Mall, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary, ACC's Long Beach facilities boast a rich architectural history. The building was constructed in the 1930’s and was known to locals as the Arts Building. ACC embraced the idea of maintaining the Art Deco integrity of the structure and preserving the historical culture of the Long Beach Community. Opened in April 2013 as the ACC Long Beach campus, the 18,879 square-foot building now contains classrooms, labs and administrative areas.

About ACC Programs
Founded over 35 years ago, American Career College has grown to meet the demand for highly skilled health care employees across a broad spectrum of disciplines. ACC offers a total of 10 unique health care training programs at 5 locations in California. ACC also offers a no-cost GED Preparation Program designed to help members of the communities served by the school achieve their goals in life. For more information about ACC’s GED prep program, visit http://americancareercollegeged.com/.

For more information about American Career College, please visit americancareercollege.edu.

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