Armando Morales-Rivera. // Courtesy photo

Summer 2017 graduate Armando Morales-Rivera chose Western Washington University’s Everett location for two reasons: the university’s diverse culture and energetic environment.

As a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling student, Morales-Rivera had professors who were charismatic and encouraged him to enjoy what he was working toward, he said. Professors Farrokh Safavi, Brett Kuwada and Dana Brickham were all influential for Morales-Rivera.

“Working in a variety of settings and learning the counseling process was possible through their support system,” Morales-Rivera said. “My growth as a professional has been shaped by my experiences with the aforementioned individuals.”

Morales-Rivera had attended Western previously to earn a B.A. in Business Administration. As a graduate student, the most rewarding aspect of the RC program was working at the Division of Vocal Rehabilitation, where Morales-Rivera was an intern. As an intern, he helped individuals with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive and emotional disabilities achieve their goals.

Morales-Rivera currently works as a clinic manager at Eberharth Vision Center in Mount Vernon.

– Lorin Lindell and Alyssa Evans

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