1 Year Later: English Grows into a Family Tradition


When we first met Victor Moreno and his fianceé Joceline Ampuero, they were adjusting to their new lives as students in the English Language Institute (ELI). Since then, ELI has become a family tradition. Not only did Victor and Joceline graduate from ELI, Victor’s daughter recently studied here while on vacation.

“The English Language Institute helped my daughter Rosario improve her English skills and allowed us to get to know the American culture,” says Victor. “It also gave my fiancée and me the knowledge and tools we need to complete our master’s programs at Sac State.”

Victor and Joceline left behind friends, family and successful careers in Chile, working in the wine and beverage industries, respectively. A huge sacrifice for Joceline, but she knew Victor had a lifelong dream, of breaking into the American wine industry and lending his top-level expertise in the production of Chilean wine.

Joceline came with him to Sacramento to share in his dream and to lay the groundwork for the next chapter in their professional lives.

After becoming fluent in English, both Joceline and Victor took on the challenge of an American education. Here’s where they are today:

  • Joceline, with her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, is studying in Sacramento State’s International Master of Business Administration program
  • Victor, with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in engineering science, is in his first year of the Executive Master of Business Administration program

We’ll let you know where this Chilean couple is headed next! - Sharon Ito

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