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Dominguez to serve with Peace Corps in Ukraine

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Kacey Dominguez, of Loomis, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. Dominguez, 26, will leave for Ukraine on March 29 to begin pre-service training as a youth development Peace Corps volunteer. Upon graduation from volunteer training in June, she will be creating and developing after-school clubs and programs in local villages. Dominguez is the daughter of Laurie and David Dominguez and a 2001 graduate of Del Oro High School. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a bachelor's degree in law and society in 2005. "When I looked to where I wanted to be in five years professionally, I saw myself not in corporate America but in a career that allowed me to work with my community and try to improve lives," Dominguez said. During the first three months of her service, Dominguez will live with a host family in Ukraine to become fully immersed in the country's language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, she will serve for two years in Ukraine, living in a manner similar to people in her host country. Dominguez joins the 920 California residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 26,700 California residents have served in the Peace Corps since 1961 -- more than any other state.