NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee
Patrick Fernandez, Two-Year College Liaison
What institution do you work for and what is your role there?
I work for Highline College located just south of SeaTac in a city called Des Moines, Washington. Currently, I am the Interim Program Manager for Career Services. Career Services is under the larger department of Advising, Transfer and Career Services.
Why did you get involved with NACADA?
My institution, Highline College, is highly supportive of professional development. In 2017, I had been at Highline for one year which meant I was eligible for out-of-state travel for professional development. My director suggested that I go to the Annual NACADA Conference to learn more best practices for policies we were trying to update regarding student success. I had such a positive experience, I wanted to know how else I could get involved. I am still here learning, growing as a person and professional and having fun! Region 8 is great! 😊
What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as the Two-Year College Liaison on the steering committee?
I’ve read scholarships, helped present at the annual conference, served on the site selection committee for the 2021 Region 8 Conference and was set to present at the 2020 Region 8 Conference until it was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. I look forward to continuing working on more projects with Region 8!
How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career?
Being involved in NACADA has introduced me to great friends and mentors. These are people I look forward to learning from, collaborating with in meetings as well as working with at conferences. From a professional development standpoint, it was helped me gain the skills to become a better leader in my institution and within Region 8. I am always wanting to learn more and NACADA is great at providing the opportunity whether at the Annual Conference or at the regional level.
Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact.
Most of my early life, I thought I was just color blind. Later when talking to people who are color blind, I discovered that I have color anomia where I can distinguish between colors but cannot identify them by name or name the color of an object. If that may be confusing, just ask me in person and I will share lots of funny stories of how it affects my life.