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NMC Hires New Guidance Specialist (January 19, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College recently hired a new guidance specialist to help enhance the services provided by the College’s Upward Bound Program.

Hedwig A. Hofschneider, a native of Saipan, has played key roles in many volunteer activities in California’s Bay Area. Some of these include workshops to assist low-income high school students apply for college and financial aid and events to promote active, healthy lifestyles through sports. A certified ESL teacher, Hofschneider also assisted elementary students with their English homework and even helped a traveling Korean scholar improve her English skills through weekly sessions.

Hofschneider’s volunteer activities, though, did not go unnoticed. He has received a number of awards for the hours he has put into community service. Serving as Service Vice-President of the Circle K International Community Service Organization, he received the Distinguished Vice-President Award, after leading 87 members to produce nearly 11,000 community service hours between April 2007 and March 2008.

From 2006 to 2007, Hofschneider also led a fundraising committee that raised over $10,000 for various charities around the Bay Area, including the Pediatric Trauma Program, which benefited the Oakland Children’s Hospital. He also led the committee to receive the California-Nevada-Hawaii district awards for raising the most money overall and raising the most money for the Pediatric Trauma Program.

“It has always been my personal commitment to be active in the community, no matter where I am,” said Hofschneider. “I am honored to have been selected for the position and am excited for all the student events and activities ahead of me.”

Hofschneider graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in South & Southeast Asian studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He also holds a Certificate to Teach English as a Second Language from UC Berkeley’s extension program.

“The NMC community is pleased to welcome Hedwig, as his volunteer background and leadership experience will surely benefit the participants of the Upward Bound Program,” said NMC Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera.

The Upward Bound Program is a federally-funded program under TRiO, a section of the U.S Department of Education. The program aims to help high school students prepare for college through tutoring and academic, financial, and personal counseling.

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