Student Stories

Denise Rivas

B.S., Criminal Justice

At 56, with a full-time job, returning to school was not an easy task, but I have found a way to juggle family, work and home. I have been able to show my children that anything is possible when you put your trust in God. I am very proud of my accomplishments and especially God’s grace. My Success Coach was such a blessing in my path towards achieving my goals.

Faculty Stories

Gordon Jorgenson, M.A.

Assistant Dean

What can students expect in their learning experience at LAPU?

Student Stories

Tiffany Ross

B.A., Liberal Studies

As a returning college student and single mother of three small children, I knew my educational journey would be a challenge, but I have not travelled alone since day one at LAPU. God led me to LAPU and he has not left my side since. I am the first member in my immediate family to obtain a college degree, and my children will follow in my footsteps.

Faculty Stories

Lesley Rankin Gonzalez


I love helping students make connections between what they are learning and what they already know, helping them create additional academic and career pathways, and encouraging them as they accomplish academic goals they did not believe possible.

Student Stories

Traia McPherson

B.A., Applied Psychology

LAPU made it possible for me to not only focus on my schooling, but also my life outside of school. The teachers and the success coaches truly want you to learn and succeed. I believe that having a strong support system, determined teachers and God on your side is important while attending school. LAPU has not only helped me to grow in my future career, but as an individual as well.

Faculty Stories

Shannon Hunt


I find it the greatest privilege to help guide students who are uncovering their own passion and excitement to serve within the fields of mental and behavioral health. I know how I lead in the classroom impacts how they will serve in the field, and thus impacts the lives of many people. I love to see how God is using our students at LAPU.

Faculty Stories

Jenny Cook


What an honor it is considered to walk alongside emerging teachers on their new educational journey! As a lifelong learner myself, I always look forward to engaging in discussions with my students, challenging them to think critically about education and young readers and writers, and hopefully pass on some knowledge from my own personal classroom experience!

Student Stories

Juan Lopez

B.S., Organizational Leadership

In 2018 my wife and I decided to start the foster-to-adopt program and in 2019 we brought home a beautiful baby girl. During this entire process I was taking two classes every eight weeks, doing homework, reading, and writing papers. Trying to stay on top of school work and having to feed a newborn every two hours was arduous. My wife and I had many sleepless nights, yet God continued to give us strength. With the tremendous help from my professors, school staff, my wife, and God, I completed my bachelor’s degree.

Faculty Stories

Robert Carter III

Public Health

I am passionate about public health education. I enjoy the creativity of teaching adult learners in a stimulating virtual educational environment. I am most happy when I can share my passion and watch my students grow mentally and emotionally. With good health we have hope and with hope life is awesome!

Student Stories

Danny Hernandez

M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies

I wanted to get my master’s degree but I didn’t want to be in debt. I heard about LAPU and how affordable it is. It was important to me because I still need to provide for my family. L.A. Pacific gave me this opportunity. I’m able to not only provide for my family but also pay for school as I go; and I’ll graduate with no debt.

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