Pixel Tracker

Thursday, February 21 , 2019, 2:30 am | Fair 45º

 
 
 
 

Hancock College Vice President Nohemy Ornelas to Receive Latino Legacy Award

Nohemy Ornelas

Allan Hancock College Associate Superintendent and Vice President, Student Services Nohemy Ornelas will receive a first-of-its-kind award in recognition of her commitment to student success.

Ornelas has been nominated to receive the 2016 Latino Legacy Award for making a difference in the Santa Maria community.

“I am truly honored and humbled by the award,” said Ornelas. “I really see this recognition as a testament to the dedicated faculty and staff at Hancock, and to the college as a whole.”

A group of community members created the Latino Legacy Awards to celebrate and promote the hard work and dedication that goes on in the Santa Maria Valley. A nine-member committee selected 10 honorees who cover a wide spectrum that includes public safety, education, business and more.

“We started these awards because we wanted to recognize different sources of leadership in the community,” said Patricia Solorio, chairperson of the Latino Legacy Awards committee. “Nohemy and our other honorees go above and beyond the call of duty every day.”

Ornelas oversees various support services, programs and departments and manages state and federal grants. She spearheaded the Bridges to Success program to enhance student success among incoming freshmen from area high schools.

“Nohemy works tirelessly to create opportunities for our community,” said Allan Hancock College Superintendent and President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “She restored our outreach and partnership efforts with every high school in our district. Nohemy is leading Hancock’s effort to change the odds for northern Santa Barbara County.”

Ornelas has a long history with the college. She first attended while in high school as part of the college’s dual enrollment program.

She graduated from Hancock and transferred to UC Santa Barbara where she earned a bachelor’s degree in law and society. Later, she received a master’s in education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Ornelas said she discovered her passion for working in education early in her career when she was a financial aid specialist and counseling assistant at Hancock. Years later, the passion remains.

“I love my job,” added Ornelas. “By advocating for students and creating pathways for them to succeed, I want to make a difference, and I hope that I am.”

Ornelas and the nine other recipients will be honored during an awards banquet Sunday, March 20, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria. The event begins at 11 a.m. Tickets are still available online at www.latinolegacyawards.org.

“The Latino Legacy Awards are about what you have done and what you are yet to do,” said Allan Hancock College Trustee Hilda Zacarías. “Nohemy, through her personal and professional accomplishments, represents that legacy. She has made a significant impact for students since her appointment as vice president at Hancock, and I look forward to her future successes.”

All proceeds will benefit Central Coast Future Leaders, a youth-led organization in Santa Maria that supports the development of youth and families.

The organization promotes leadership, education, community service and personal development. 

For more information about the 2016 Latino Legacy Awards, visit www.latinolegacyawards.org or call the Central Coast Future Leaders at 805.925.1010.

Gina Herlihy is a public affairs and publications technician at Allan Hancock College.

Talk to Us!

Please take Noozhawk's audience survey to help us understand what you expect — and want — from us. It'll take you just a few minutes. Thank you!

Get Started >
 

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.