Mentorship Program Successes
International Programs Counselor Committed to Make Students Successful
By Jory Segal, AFT 6157 Adjunct at Large, Negotiator, Grievance Office
Being an AFT 6157 mentor for Tina Iniguez was exciting. She was a delight to talk with as she is an amazing, enthusiastic and caring woman. Tina has been a classified employee in the District for 13 years.
When we met, we discussed AFT issues, and Tina expressed interest in the Union and getting more involved, as her tenure moved forward. My goal was to make her feel at home, as a Union member, and know that the Union was involved in many aspects of the District.
Tina was employed for eight years to assist CalWORKs students with their learning disability testing at the Social Services office on Senter Road. The program was called “Keys to Success,” and the focus was on disability testing.
About 80% of the individuals she worked with had not finished high school. Tina worked to refer them to adult Education Programs and the community college system and find assistance for their learning disabilities.
Tina was hired as a full-time International Programs counselor in September. There are approximately 180 students in the International Program at Evergreen. Almost all of those students will transfer to four-year institutions to finish their bachelor’s degrees.
She has volunteered to work on the early alert program because she is committed to make students successful, and early alert is just one tool to assist students to complete their classes. (Hint: Faculty: Don’t forget to fill out your early alert forms.)
Tina is married and lives in Alum Rock. She and her husband both attended Mt. Pleasant High School and knew each other. She has two girls Sophia and Grace, aged 9 and 6 and two dogs Cloe and Coco.
We all welcome Tina and are thrilled she has joined the faculty at Evergreen.