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Meet the Career Center Staff!

Dr. Yamonte Cooper 

Dr. Yamonte Cooper, LPCC, NCC, is the faculty coordinator of the El Camino College Career Center. He has had the opportunity to work with higher education programs and institutions in Botswana. Further, Dr. Cooper was honored with a prestigious Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminar Award in Germany. He is the past-president of the California Career Development Association (CCDA).

Dr. Yamonte Cooper

Valencia Rayford

Valencia has worked at El Camino College for the past 17 years, first as an adjunct and currently as a full-time counselor. She has served students in the following capacities; Career and Technical Education counselor, Career Counselor and Professor. She completed her B.A. in Psychology and her M.S. in Educational Counseling with an emphasis in Career from California State University Northridge.


Lesley Meza

Lesley double majored in Global Studies and Spanish from UCSB, and obtained both her degrees, M.S. Counseling with specialization in College Counseling and Student Services and Career Education and Counseling Certificate, from CSUN. She has experience working with diverse student populations in which she has assisted students develop and achieve their academic and career goals.


Ngozi Rasheda Akosia

Ngozi is a Holistic Student Services Professional at El Camino Community College, in the department of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) a student support program. She serves as the Career and Transfer Advisor, and Foster Youth Liaison. Her personal philosophy for success is empowerment through excellence, courage, and compassion.


Selene Torres

Selene Torres started her career as a counselor serving the veteran population. She has worked for TELACU Veterans Upward Bound Program as an Educational Counselor. She earned her B.S. in Rehabilitation Services, a M.S. in Counseling with the option in Rehabilitation Counseling and a certificate in Career from CSU Los Angeles.