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Miriam Carrillo​ ​

  Miriam L. Carrillo
  Upward Bound Director ​
  (951) 372-7083
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  • Masters of Arts in Education & Counseling

California State University, Dominguez Hills, California

  • Bachelor of Arts in English & Minor in Education

University of California, Irvine, California


Miriam serves as the director of three federally funded Upward Bound Programs.  The programs service Centennial High School, Corona High School, and Norte Vista High School.  Prior to working at Norco College, she devoted her knowledge and skills to the Upward Bound Program at Compton College for seven years; all while serving students from Compton, Long Beach, Lynwood and Paramount.   Aside from working for TRIO programs that promote college access, Miriam has experience as a Life Skills Trainer with Foster Youth.

Miriam has served as the Norco Representative and secretary for the Management Leadership Association.  She currently serves as the Fair Share Chair for the Western Association of Opportunity in Personnel (WESTOP) Southern California Chapter.  Miriam is also an active member of the League of Women Voters, Los Angeles and participates in events to promote civic engagement.  

When she is not working, Miriam enjoys spending time with family and friends.  ​


Claudia Garcia

  Claudia Garcia
  Upward Bound Outreach Specialist (Norte Vista High School) ​
  (951) 739-7821
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Claudia Garcia serves as the Upward Bound Outreach Specialist at Norte Vista High School. She is an alumnus of Norte Vista High School and is very proud to return to help students and give back to her community. She attended the University of California, Riverside and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She earned her Master’s in School Counseling with a PPS credential from the University of Redlands.​

Gabriela Ramirez

  Gabriela Ramirez
  Upward Bound Outreach Specialist (Centennial High School) ​
  (951) 739-7807
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Gabriela Ramirez has over ten years of experience working with grants at Norco College. Currently, she supports the Upward Bound program at Centennial High School by providing academic and support services to first-generation college bound students. Gabriela holds an Associate Degree in Arts and Science from Norco College, a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California Baptist University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English Composition at California State University San Bernardino.

Desiree Rivera

  Desiree Rivera
  Upward Bound Outreach Specialist (Corona High School) ​
  (951) 739-7826
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Desiree Rivera serves as the Outreach Specialist for Corona High School Upward Bound. Desiree has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from CSU, San Bernardino. Desiree is committed to diversity and activism in education and in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, hiking with her two adorable fur babies, and cooking new recipes. She also very much loves Beyoncé.​