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Jose Alegre

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Jose Alegre
Math and Physics Instructor
Department: Physics
phone 510.723.6869
I emigrated from Mexico on March 22, 1975. It was a Saturday about 10:30 am when I received my visa to enter the U.S. At first, I wanted to go back to Mexico. However, I ended up working as a garbage collector for SOLAG based in San Juan Capistrano. One working day, I found lots of math books and set up my own small library. After working at SOLAG for three years, I started working as janitor at San Clemente High School. At the same time, I tried several times to go to school (4 or 5 times). I began with ESL first and then took math in the wrong sequence, from calculus to basic math. Then I met Pete Espinosa, an Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) Counselor at Saddleback College. I became a full time student during the fall of 1978. To say the least, I left my job at the high school. While I was at Saddleback, I worked as a math tutor and completed all of my GE classes and transferred to CSU Fullerton in fall 1980. In 1985, I graduated with a major in Applied Math.