Alyssa Mikels, BA
IDA Program Specialist
Southern Oregon University
Language and Culture with a concentration in Spanish
Alyssa was raised in the Illinois Valley, and graduated from Illinois Valley High School in 2008. She is an alumni of the College Dreams program, and began in the program in the 6th grade at Lorna Byrne Middle School. Being a low-income, first-generation college student, College Dreams was an integral part of her journey to and through college. After graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature, and a minor in Anthropology, she began working for College Dreams and found that she could use her love for Spanish language to help students access college. She began working as the College Dreams Office Assistant, and now she currently an IDA Specialist. Alyssa not only brings perspective as a former College Dreams participant and IDA recipient, but also uses her experiences to partner with students and families in their pursuing their post-secondary plans and dreams. Alyssa enjoys being active, travelling and spending time with her husband and three children.