|Dr. Caren Fernandez
I was raised in Prunedale, CA. My educational journey started at Hartnell Community college after a year and half, I transferred to Chico State, where I graduated with a BA in Psychology, BS in Business Administration with an option in MIS, and an MA in Education. I am currently in my second year of the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program at Sacramento State. As you can tell I love to learn. I have 19 years of working in higher education and the TRIO programs. I enjoy my job and working with students. I have an open-door policy, so please feel free to stop by and say hi.
TRIO Assistant Director
I graduated from California State University, Chico with my bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies in 2014. But I soon discovered teaching was not where I saw myself and decided to pursue a career in TRIO. Which lead me to pursue my Higher Education Leadership & Policies Studies, M.A. at CSU Sacramento. I've been with TRIO 2008 as a participant and now a professional. I am extremely excited to be here at Woodland Community College and I can’t wait to work with you all.
TRIO Administrative Secretary II (Temp)
I grew up in Stockton, CA and moved to Woodland in 2010. Being a young mother of 3 I did not think college education was a possibility for me. But I was able to go back to school because of the CalWorks program. I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Woodland Community College in 2016. I appreciate and support any program that helps students be able to continue their education, which is why I love being a part of the TRIO family.
Educational Talent Search (ETS)
ETS Specialist, Woodland Community College
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and went to Poly High School where my graduating class was 800 students. Attending such a large school made it extremely difficult to have adequate mentors and resources. Being low-income and first generation added to the challenges of navigating through the college admission process. This experience motivated me to pursue a career in education so that other students like me will not have a similar educational experience where they feel lost or unworthy of a college education. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Chicano/a studies with a minor in Education at the University of California, Davis. I plan to continue my education so that I can better serve students as a mentor and bridge the gap of educational equity.
ETS Specialist, Colusa County Campus
I am from Oroville, CA, and attended CSU, Chico where I received both my Bachelor’s and Masters in History. I was a TRIO student myself, specifically Educational Talent Search, where I gained a better understanding of preparing for college. With the resources and guidance from the program, I became the first person in my family to go to college. I also worked for an Upward Bound program during my undergraduate years. Overall, my years with TRIO have made up a significant portion of my life and I plan to use my knowledge and experience to help students pursue higher education.
Student Support Services (SSS & SSS-ESL)
SSS Counselor, Woodland Community College
I have eleven years working at Woodland Community College (WCC). I began as the EOP&S/CARE Program Specialist, during that time also served as Interim SSS Counselor for the TRIO Program. I later became the EOP&S/CARE Interim Counselor Coordinator, and also a College Success Instructor. I am a former low income educational disadvantage and first generation college student. I am a strong believer in the value of a college degree and the amazing impact it can have on students’ lives.
I received my BA in Liberal Studies from California State University, Chico and a Master’s Degree from the University of Laverne in Educational Counseling. I am now a full time TRIO Counselor. I am married with two daughters my oldest graduated from Sac State and my youngest graduated from Chico State.
SSS-ESL Counselor, Colusa County Campus
My first college experience began at Sacramento City College, where I obtained an Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice. I then transferred over to California State University, Sacramento, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Soon after I attended Saint Mary’s College of California and obtained a Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in College Student Services. I have seven years of experience working for different California Community Colleges. I’ve had the pleasure of working for Sacramento City College, Consumes River College, Laney College, and Woodland Community College (WCC). I currently have been with WCC for a little over a year, working at their Colusa County Campus (CCC) in Williams, California. At CCC I am the TRIO SSS-ESL Program/ General Counselor.
Upward Bound (UB)
UB Specialist, Colusa County Campus
I grew up in Willows and after High School decided to attend UC Davis. During my time there I danced ballet Folklorico, played soccer and was a part of a music group that played different Samba music from various regions in Brazil. I began working for TRIO, my third year of college as an ETS Tutor/ Peer Mentor. During the summer I was an Upward Bound tutor working and building close connections with the students. Being a first-generation student as well as low income, I felt a connection to these students and could see myself reflected within them. Being able to share my experiences, and guidance has made my job very rewarding. I look forward to working with students and helping them transition into college.