Ruano Recognized as Leader in Education by Rep. Cisneros

Fullerton College Adjunct Counselor Nancy Ruano was recognized with a Leadership in Education Award presented by Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) during a celebration event for Hispanic Heritage Month. The event recognized Hispanic community members in the fields of education, community service, and small business, and featured a resource fair to connect constituents with community services.

Ruano was recognized for her contributions overseeing the efforts of the Puente Program at Fullerton College up until last year. She is currently helping oversee student retention in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program.

“I feel really accomplished and grateful to be in a field where I am helping young individuals accomplish their own goals and ambitions. This award was a reminder of why I love what I do,” said Ruano.

Ruano was raised in the City of Commerce where she thrived as a water polo athlete. Her talent and skill allowed her the opportunity to play as an NCAA Division I athlete at UC Santa Barbara where she was guided by two inspiring college counselors who influenced her to pursue a career in college counseling. This led her to be first in her family to obtain a master’s degree in educational counseling and earn a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Her role as an adjunct counselor at Fullerton College now helps support the academic needs of many first-generation college students achieve their goals.

“As a proud Latino in our community, it’s an honor to celebrate the important contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to our great nation during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Rep. Gil Cisneros.

Ruano was among other local leaders nominated and recognized by the 39th District: Tonantzin Oseguera for the Education Award, Lucy Vera Pedregon and Letty Gali for the Community Service Awards, as well as Stache House Barbershop and Tlaquepaque Mexican Restaurant for the Small Business Awards.

When asked what words of wisdom Ruano shares with her students she said, “Throughout the years I’ve always encouraged students with these phrases: Be positive with life experiences. Push your limits. Believe in yourself and always persevere.”

Author: Fullerton College

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