Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Sharon Herrera

An Outstanding Islander

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Career Driver
Job Developer Sharon Herrera hopes that by generating interest among freshmen in all that Career Services has to offer, they’ll be aware of the resources available when they seek employment. Last year, Career Services gave out 6,623 referrals for jobs, both on and off campus. Herrera, a native of Livingston, Mont., joined the University in 1994 as a secretary and began attending University classes. Five years later, she was promoted to her current position. In 2008, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (graduating the same year as her daughters Kathy and Tiffany).  Herrera is currently earning her Master of Science in Educational Technology. Whether it’s establishing relationships with community employers to develop jobs, helping students enhance their resumes or conducting mock interviews, Herrera is passionate about making sure students understand how to prepare for their careers by helping them find a part-time job that suits them. In 2003, Herrera launched Student Employment Week on the University campus in which numerous departments  now participate, as well as other programs including the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Student Employee of the Year, the Student Employee Bash, which currently boasts attendance of around 300 students, and the annual Virtual Part-Time On Campus Job Fair. Herrera was the winner of the first “Best Mom Ever” contest in 2007 for playing an active role in her daughters’ lives while they attended the Island University, a 2001-2002 Employee Excellence Award recipient and a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society. Herrera is also a member and former secretary for the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators, the National Association of Student Employment Administrators and the University’s Anchor Alumni Club. Her volunteerism includes projects for the Wishes and Dreams Toy Drive, the American Red Cross, Junior Achievement for the Coastal Bend and Fighting to Rid Gangs in America.

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