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June 2014 - Beatriz Camargo
Congratulations to Beatriz Camargo for being named Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Employee of the Month for June 2014. Beatriz is recognized for her leadership and dedication. As the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) Coordinator, she is responsible for overseeing daily operations, as well as planning and developing activities for HEP students to prepare them for the GED exam. Beatriz began as a student worker in 1998, and joined the College’s permanent staff in 2002. She has worked in Assessment Services, Community Education, the Puente Project and MESA Program. She became the HEP Coordinator in 2012.
Beatriz is described by her co-workers as a talented and hard-working role model. Catherine Prince, Interim Dean II, Instruction and Strategic Program Development, nominated Beatriz for her leadership, guidance, and results since becoming Coordinator. Prince explains, “As the program’s first employee, she has been instrumental in all elements of beginning a program: from budget planning and designing marketing materials, to finding students, helping to hire staff and recruiting faculty—all while starting a brand new program from the ground up. It is through her leadership and guidance that this program has enrolled 180 students, 58 of whom attained their GEDs, and 32 have matriculated into college or better employment.”
Beatriz also serves as a member of the Student Equity Committee, Accreditation Committee, the Latino Alumni Association, and volunteered with the Latino Faculty & Staff Association for the first Latino graduation at SRJC.
Asked her greatest accomplishment at the College, Beatriz said simply, “As a student worker and employee, I received guidance and advice from faculty and staff. Being able to give back has been a great accomplishment for me. I see myself in every single student. I treasure the diversity of this campus and want to contribute to the success of the students that I come in contact with. The greatest joy is when I interact with new students, many from underserved populations—after hearing about all the services and career opportunities available to them, you see a spark in their eyes. This is what I love about my job, helping people believe in themselves!”
Outside from work, Beatriz loves playing soccer and plays for an indoor adult soccer league. She also enjoys spending time with her loving husband, teenage daughter, and two sons.
At the age of nine, Beatriz, her mother and four siblings left Mexico City and immigrated to the U.S. Beatriz’s father brought his family to Santa Rosa to offer them a better life and to seek medical help for Beatriz’s younger sister. An Elsie Allen graduate, Beatriz went on to attend Sonoma State and receive a BA in Sociology.
“Being a child of migrant parents, Beatriz understands the struggles of the students she works with,” Dean Prince explains, “As an Adelante student, an instructor told her she was really good in math and motivated her to excel in the subject. She was a Puente student and one of the first MESA students as well. Beatriz is truly a SRJC success story and is building many more success stories in her work with HEP students.”
When told of her nomination, Beatriz explains, “I was in shock, and never expected it. I was also very excited and happy! Being employee of the month is an honor and I am very thankful to the people who nominated me.”
Page last revised on: July 8, 2014
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