The students were floored when they heard this. "It came as a shock," Rivera said. "It's very brave of her to do."
"The risk she has taken for us is just amazing, there are no barriers for her," said Montenegro.
Moving forward, Chiappe plans to focus on further cultivating South Bay Careers.
Her first step is ensuring she has a city business license.
"I will do what I need to get things done, but the law is the law. And I will follow the law, and get the proper permits." She is currently scouring different cities to work in and is applying for business licenses within these communities. "In order for me to apply, they have a fee. Obviously, I don't have the money to pay, but God will provide. That is my rule."
The risk and the sacrifices she made over the last five months were a small price to pay, she said. "I'm very humble when it comes to what I do. I get emotional about this because this is something I really believe the students need. Many of them don't have a chance to have a formal education. Some of them are single moms, some of them don't have jobs, some of them are on welfare. I know them well, because I'm part of them."
Centinela Valley Adult School has not reinstated their Medical Assistant course, said Jose Fernandez, superintendent of the Centinela Valley Union High School District. If one of the two state education tax initiatives are approved in the November election, the board will address the possibility of bringing it back.