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Jovins Lin Dorestan ’13

Alumni Success Story

RCC Helps Fellow Quake Survivor Aim High

Jovins Lin Dorestan '13 lost his left leg in the Haiti earthquake and has charted a path to a better life thanks in part to his education at RCC.

Dorestan began taking English as a Second Language classes at Rockland BOCES as soon as he was fitted for a prosthetic leg at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY. Wasting no time, he enrolled at RCC in January 2011 and graduated in May 2013 with an AS in Liberal Arts: Math & Science.

“RCC gave me a foundation for everything,” says Dorestan, a below-the-knee amputee. “That is where I learned I could set a goal and start a career. Without RCC it would be hard to move on and accomplish what I want to do.”

Dorestan is studying civil engineering at CCNY and expects to graduate in May 2017. His ultimate goal is to return to Haiti – where his parents and seven siblings still live – and help rebuild the country’s infrastructure. To pay for his schooling at CCNY, Dorestan works full-time at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern as a manager/supervisor.

The earthquake and accident “gave me a different perspective on life,” says Dorestan, of Spring Valley. “I am an optimistic person. I did not sit down and cry when this happened. To me, my mobility is fine. I can do what I want to do, just not go beyond my possibilities. I can’t let the past destroy my future.”

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