Jarrett Rogers calls it a “pivotal moment in life” when he was accepted into MiraCosta College’s Summer Bridge Program. The six-week academic boot camp gave Jarrett skills to excel in college.
“Every day beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. was constant note-taking, class participation, research and fun. There was never a dull moment,” says Jarrett.
He was voted “Most Outstanding” in the program and came away with a $150 scholarship. Since then, his high academic achievements have won him four scholarships, including the St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship, a MiraCosta College Foundation scholarship, the Geraldine Memorial Scholarship, and the Mississippi Industrial College Alumni Association, Inc. Scholarship. He is also a member of the MiraCosta College Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
Jarrett is in his second year at MiraCosta College and is majoring in business with a focus on entrepreneurial studies, which he plans to continue at CSU Fullerton. When he graduated from Fallbrook High School, Jarrett enrolled at MiraCosta College because he wanted to stay close to home to help his mother and five younger siblings while his father, a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps, was deployed to Iraq.
Along with coaching his brothers and sisters with schoolwork, Jarrett runs a coffee distribution business he started and serves as a MiraCosta College student ambassador. Each week he speaks to students at high schools throughout North County and dispels the “college isn’t for me” idea by telling his story about the hurdles he overcame.
"By speaking to these young leaders, I know there is potential in them and I want to help them discover it."