Ukiah… Mendocino College Student Christina Horst was incredibly nervous about going back to school but with the help of mentors, friends and Mendocino College Counselor Sue Samota’s help, she enrolled in classes and as they say, the rest is history.

Horst worked in the grocery store industry for over fourteen years. She knew that the physical nature of the work was hard on her body, and decided to enroll in school in order to use her mind.

“I knew that I wanted to go into law or law enforcement. I just wasn’t sure how it would all happen. As a single mom, raising three children ages 6, 11, and 13, I felt this responsibility to provide and to better mine and my children’s lives. I knew that attending college was the only way to meet that goal,” said Christina.

Christina credits former Lake County Sheriff, Rodney Mitchell with being a friend and mentor. “With his encouragement, I obtained a position as a records technician in the Lake County “Attending College Changed My Life”

Sheriff’s Department. Presently, I work for Sheriff Martin and I love my job with the Sheriff’s Department, stated Horst”

Horst was recently awarded the Albert and Patricia Beltrami Scholarship for $1,000. She has completed 78 units at Mendocino College and maintains a 3.4 grade point average. She will earn an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice at Mendocino College and plans to transfer to Sonoma State University in the Fall.

For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards any Mendocino College Foundation program, please contact Katie Fairbairn, Executive Director at or call 468-3164.

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