Alisha Vargas

Freelance Article Writer & Blog Writer

Location:Fresno, California, United States
2 Skills
California State University, Fresno –Fresno, CA
Bachelor of Science in mass communication and journalism, emphasis in public relations; minor in English
In progress—Dec. 2011

Fresno City College– Fresno, CA
Associate of Arts in liberal arts
Received—May 2010

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Fresno, CA
Volunteer/Intern Aug. 2004-Present
Sorted and compiled mail messages for approximately 100 clients and volunteers. Called approximately 300 clients, volunteers and sponsors to request donations, disburse information and respond to any questions or concerns. Assisted with organization, set-up and break-down of special events and fundraisers. Assisted with basic accounting during fundraisers. Worked directly with special needs children and families as a camp counselor, including addressing questions and concerns, arranging and participating in activities, providing tours and providing child care.

Kids Invent!
Fresno, CA
Teaching Assistant Feb. 2009-Present
Assisted site-leader in teaching lesson plans to approximately 32 students. Set-up and cleaned classrooms before and after lessons. Helped students complete assignments and answered questions and concerns.

California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA
Student/Intern Aug. 2010-Dec. 2010
Was part of a team that planned and implemented an event for approximately 120 people. Acquired donations for raffles, personally called more than 100 alumni for RSVPs, edited all press releases and media advisories and compiled and edited 109 pages of data and photographs in a proof of performance book.

California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA
Student/Intern Aug. 2010-Dec. 2010
Chose story ideas and interviewed sources. Wrote and edited articles for publication in local newspapers throughout the Central Valley. Produced eight articles for publication throughout internship.

Henry Madden Library
Fresno, CA
Student Aid Jan. 2009-July 2009
Assisted students in locating and checking out books and laptops. Cleaned and maintained cleanliness of library. Checked in, organized and re-shelved books.

Babies ‘R’ Us
Fresno, CA
Sales Associate June 2007-Aug. 2009
Trained in almost all areas of store including cash register, customer service, apparel, bedding, gifts and toys, infant care and baby registry. Assisted customers in locating products and answered questions and concerns about products and services. Very experienced at registry; opened between 10-30 registry accounts daily.

Typing speed 90 wpm
Proficient in MS Word
Exceptional written and verbal communication
7+ years experience working with children who have special physical, mental, educational and social needs including muscular dystrophy, ADD/ADHD, and aspergers syndrome
Currently learning basic ASL
Two years of experience in journalistic writing and AP format
Excellent interviewing skills, having interviewed at least 30 people for eight published articles and two veterans for Fresno State War Veterans' Oral History Project
CPR and First Aid certified

Loyal, dedicated, child-care, tutoring industry, grades K-12, public relations, writing, journalism, editing, proofreading, press releases, media relations, social media
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Blog Writing