Hancock Career Counselor David Hernandez, Ed.D. Receives Latino Legacy Award

Dr. Hernandez and nine others were honored at the prestigious event

David Hernandez, Ed.D.MARCH 27, 2019--In recognition of his commitment to student success, Allan Hancock College Career Counselor and Instructor David Hernandez, Ed.D. received the prestigious 2019 Latino Legacy Award for making a difference in education in the Santa Maria community.

“I am so honored and humbled to receive the Latino Legacy Award in Education,” said Dr. Hernandez. “Every day I have the privilege to guide and motivate students to reach their full potential. As an educator and counselor, I assist students with unlocking their strengths, and helping them find their true passion based on their personalities, values, interests, aptitudes, and abilities.”

In 2016, a group of community members created the Latino Legacy Awards to celebrate and promote the hard work and dedication occurring in the Santa Maria Valley. Each year, a committee selects 10 honorees who cover a wide spectrum of service sectors including public safety, education, business and more.

“We believe it is pivotal to honor and recognize leaders in our community,” said Gloria Soto, 2019 Latino Leadership Awards steering committee chair. “Leaders who every day take the initiative to go above and beyond by coaching a sports team, speaking up for those who feel they don’t have a voice, or helping others develop their leadership skills.”

Dr. Hernandez assists students who are undecided on their major or career, and facilitates workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, employment searching, and dressing for interviews. In addition, he is the founder of the Hancock Men’s Support Group, which assists males from disproportionately impacted backgrounds in achieving their academic goals.

“David works tirelessly to create opportunities for our community,” said Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “Whether in his role as an academic counselor, career advisor or leader of the college’s Men’s Support Group, David is central to Hancock's commitment to changing the odds for northern Santa Barbara County.”

Dr. Hernandez has been employed at Hancock since 2009 and is a Central Coast native.

“Growing up on the Central Coast and facing barriers to success has allowed me to help our students in need through a caring and empathetic approach,” said Dr. Hernandez. “Understanding how our students’ livelihoods are dependent on their success at Allan Hancock College is a driving force that pushes me daily. A phrase that speaks to me is ‘In Lak’ech’ which means, ‘You are my other me.’ How different are we from the students we serve? I am so thankful for the recognition and my mentors who continuously inspire me. I will continue to serve students to the best of my ability through kindness and humility.”

Dr. Hernandez and the nine other recipients were honored during an awards banquet Sunday, March 24, in Santa Maria. Proceeds from the reception benefit the Future Leaders of America.

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Caption: In recognition of his commitment to student success, Allan Hancock College Career Counselor and Instructor David Hernandez, Ed.D. received the prestigious 2019 Latino Legacy Award for making a difference in education in the Santa Maria community.

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Last Modified Mar 27, 2019