An administrator from Central Arizona Community College has been appointed a national board member for the National Community College Hispanic Council.
Jenni Cardenas, vice president of student services at Central Arizona College, joins seven other new members to the NCCHC board, according to a press release.
Cardenas graduated from Coolidge High School and continued her education at Northern Arizona University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, a master’s degree in Educational Counseling and Human Relations and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership.
She taught second grade and was the parent liaison for the 21st Century grant for the Coolidge district for several years before moving to Austin, Texas, where she was the director for a child development center.
Cardenas returned to Arizona and began her career at CAC in student services as a grant director for federal TRIO Student Support Services and Title V grants. She then became director for student retention and later dean of students before moving into her current role.
Before being hired full time at CAC, Cardenas was a stay-at-home mom while teaching psychology, and counseling and personal development for the college.
Cardenas has been employed in an education setting for more than 20 years and said she loves working with students of all ages to reach their academic and career goals, the release stated.
She is a 2009 graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Institute, a 2019 National Community College Hispanic Council Fellow and is active on the executive boards for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor, Against Abuse, Arizona Women in Higher Education and the National Community College Hispanic Council.
Established in 1985 as an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Community College Hispanic Council is one of the nation’s top organizations for preparation and support of Hispanic leaders in America’s community colleges.
The nonprofit professional organization is “committed to delivering high quality leadership development experiences and providing Hispanics with opportunities to continue their personal and professional growth. The Council provides members with resources, networking and educational opportunities,” the release stated.