New Horizons


Welcome to the New Horizons program! We are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and create new opportunities for themselves and their families. Our program is unique because we serve students who are in vocational majors, also known as career technical education. We accept applications year round.


  •  Dedicated counselor for all your needs
  • Book rentals and School supplies
  • Career counseling
  • Connection to campus and community resources

If you meet any of the criteria below, you are eligible to be a New Horizons Student:

  • Single, pregnant woman
  • A single parent with over 50% custody of  minor child
  • Permanently disabled (Receiving SSI or SSDI)
  • English Second Language (ESL) Learner
  • Displaced homemaker
    • Not worked in labor force for 3 years, but worked in home providing unpaid service to family members OR
    • Dependent on income from a family member or public assistance, but no longer receiving that assistance OR
    • Unemployed/under-employed and experiencing difficulty obtaining/upgrading employment
  • If you are unsure on whether you qualify for New Horizons, please do not hesitate to contact the office found on the services tab on the left


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 Michelle Rowe-Odom

 CalWORKs and New Horizons Counselor

Speaks: English and French


Hi everyone, I am proud to be working with amazing human beings at CalWORKs. I’ve been with Grossmont CalWORKs/New Horizons since 2016. I earned my Bachelor’s in Sociology and Ethnic Studies, and later earned my Master’s with a concentration in Multicultural Community Counseling.



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Sandi Duraid

CalWORKs Counselor/New Horizons

Speaks: English, Arabic, and Chaldean


My name is Sandi Duraid, and I love working with CalWORKs student population. I have been with CalWORKs since 2019 as a counselor. I have a Master’s in Education with concentration in counseling from SDSU as well as a Bachelor’s in Psychology and minor in Counseling and Social Change. I am also certified in Trauma Informed Care.


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