Extra Mile Award Employee of the Month: Miriam Medina

July 09, 2019

Miriam was born and raised in Salinas, CA. Her family moved to Soledad, CA when she was around 15 years of age. She attended Soledad High School, graduated class of 2014. She received a B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies from UCSC, class of 2018. She will be completing 1 year working for the Educational Partnership Center (EPC) in November, as a College Facilitator for the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at Pajaro Valley High School. Although she is fairly new to this position, the work of outreach programs has been a large influence in her life.

During high school, she was a student of an outreach program, CSUMB Upward Bound. She then become a tutor/mentor for this CSUMB Upward Bound Program during her undergraduate career. As a student, she knew the first-generation and low-income experience first hand. Therefore, she is very humbled by and grateful for her current position, as it has allowed her to continue serving the first-gen and low-income community. The presence of this community in higher ed institutions is very important. Attending a 4-year university in and of itself is a huge achievement for our students; she hopes that they remain retained within these schools to ultimately receive their degrees.

She was recognized this month for her “remarkable job managing senior programming at Pajaro Valley High School. She helped students with college applications, college follow-up, coordinated a high stakes district wide college signing day and planned a senior family recognition night. She is thoughtful and thorough in all that she does and is constantly striving for strong outcomes. Miriam's work ethic is something to be admired, often working late to help students and/or to ensure she gets the job done. Her work has been invaluable to the students & staff at PVHS!”

Thank you, Miriam, for going the extra mile!