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Published for the Employees and Friends of Glendale Community College

Vol 13.8 · August 2011


Dr. Carlos Nuñez-Noriega
Gaucho Gazette > August 2011 > Academic Affairs

Dr. Carlos Nuñez-Noriega Honored by Victoria Foundation

Dr. Carlos Nuñez-Noriega has been honored with the Dr. Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr. Outstanding Latino Faculty in Higher Education Award by the Victoria Foundation. Chair of the Technology and Consumer Sciences Department at GCC, Dr. Nunez-Noriega is being presented the award on Sept. 15, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Phoenix.

From his early days recruiting and tutoring adults, many from extreme poverty situations, Carlos Nuñez- Noriega has been a strong teacher, advocate and role model for Latinos to achieve in higher education and technical fields. In the early 90s, he taught senior electrical engineers in Mexico the technical English they needed to succeed in multi-international companies. At the Office of Minority Programs at Arizona State University, he tutored ethnic students in a variety of math, science and engineering courses.  

Today, as a professor and chair of the Technology and Consumer Sciences Department at Glendale Community College, he actively recruits Hispanic students for technical careers and for scholarships, including more than 50 Latino students who have received $35,000 in support from the Sun City Engineers Club and Hispanic Serving Institution scholarships.

Co-chair of Glendale Community College’s Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force,he helped lead this group to achieve the ambitious goal of bringing GCC’s Hispanic student population from 23 percent to at least 25 percent over three consecutive years. Attaining Hispanic-Serving Institution status brings funding, which benefits the entire college and all students.  

Nuñez- Noriega also sets a fitness example and, from his personal athletic achievements, inspired the GCC campus to contribute to a scholarship endowment. Barely able to swim a lap in the campus pool, he set himself on a path to wellness that culminated with Ironman triathlons. In honor of GCC’s 40th anniversary, he issued a challenge, stating that he would run the Tempe Ironman and match every dollar contributed by staff, faculty and students up to $10,000. When 80 employees contributed $11,500, a $21,500 endowment was established. He says the scholarship endowment honors his parents who instilled the respect for the pursuit of higher education that he and his siblings attained, and share with others today.  

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