The son of Mexican immigrants, Joel will be the first member of his family to earn a Bachelor’s degree. He knew he wanted to be an engineer from the age of four, when he got his first set of Legos. The decision was solidified by one of his professors at RVCC.

  • RVCC Major: Engineering
  • RVCC Honors College graduate
  • Transferred to: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for Mechanical Engineering
  • Why I Enrolled: "I dreamed of attending a four-year university. Community college was not my intended path but I could not afford tuition at the four-year schools. Once I landed at RVCC, I decided to take advantage of everything it had to offer. I knew this place had everything I needed to succeed."
  • Favorite Thing about RVCC: "I benefited from an unmatched quality of education, a compassionate faculty and staff, and a wealth of opportunities and resources."


At RVCC, our student body is just as dynamic as our curriculum. With a diverse range of backgrounds, influences, passions and interests, our students are the driving force of the RVCC culture. Get to know their stories, celebrate their achievements, and follow along with their dreams.