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Nieto Takes Over as College Readiness and Advancement AVP

Sunday, February 9, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

NietoSince she was a young girl growing up in Raymondville, Sandra Nieto knew she'd pursue a career in education.

"I was fortunate to have good teachers in my life that influenced me to become a teacher," Nieto said.

For eight years, Nieto spend her time working with students as a teacher or principal. Last week, Nieto stepped into a new role and took over as Associate Vice President for College Readiness and Advancement at Texas State Technical College.

It's a new environment for Nieto, who's eager to take on the responsibilities of her new job.

Nieto takes over for Javier De Leon, who's now the Vice President for College Readiness and Corporate Education.

"Mr. De Leon did a wonderful job here and I want to keep moving in the same direction," said Nieto, who recently completed her doctorate in curriculum instruction.

The mission of the College Readiness and Advancement Division is to increase TSTC's partnerships and collaborations with schools, community-based organizations, local workforce and government agencies to ensure students are college ready.

The College Readiness and Advancement Division has over 20 outreach programs in place that secure grant money from the local, state and federal government every year.

Some of these initiatives include the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Texas Pre Engineering Program (TexPREP) and the Migrant Academic Achievement Residential Summer Program (MAARS).

The latest project in the College Readiness Division was the opening of the Challenger Learning Center.

The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Lab is open to local school districts and tours have already been set up through the end of the semester with 3,000 projected students taking advantage of the lab.

"Everything I've ever done has been about education," Nieto said. "The goal is always to help students be college ready and succeed."

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