Written by Olivia Gillespie – Foundation Intern, Spring 2021
(CLINTON, N.C.) – Naomi Sandoval decided to join the Career and College Promise (CCP) program at Sampson Community College (SCC) as a Career Coach because of her passion to help students further their education. Sandoval has been in this position since December of last year and is currently the full-time Career Coach for Union High School. Sandoval wants the high school students that she works with each day to see potential in themselves and post-high school plans.
Sandoval is the second oldest of six, and is originally from New Jersey. Her mother is Columbian, and her father is Guatemalan. After graduating from Clinton High School in 2015, she attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. Sandoval graduated in May 2019.
RavenChavez, Union High School’s Guidance Counselor, works closely with Sandoval and says her relatability and dedication has quickly made her an asset to the team at Union High School.
“Naomi has been a wonderful asset to our Spartan community. When I first got to know Naomi, it was as if I had known her my entire life. She is someone that is easy to talk to and extremely relatable. These are the traits that stand out to me in leaders like Naomi. Working with high school students who may have never had experience with college or college advising, having someone like Naomi in our guidance department, attributes to our student’s success greatly. She has modeled true hard work and dedication by coming to work every day with a positive attitude, ready to assist our UHS CCP students with whatever needs or concerns they may have. We are very thankful that she has joined our Union family and cannot wait to see how the CCP program will be impacted because of her,” Chavez stated.
Sandoval says she chose to join the CCP program as a Career Coach because she believes the position will allow her help high school students think beyond high school. Sandoval wants high school students to see how they can further their educations both while in high school and after graduation.
Sandoval shared why she believes that SCC is a great option, “I feel as if it is important for students to consider attending Sampson Community College because it can help a student knock off a couple of semesters of classes that they have to do at a four-year college. I feel like it also can save money.”
Since starting her new position at SCC, Sandoval has enjoyed her experience. As a Career Coach, Sandoval spoke about how she learns something new each day. These new lessons and experiences will follow her as she continues in this role.
“Naomi is a nice addition to our program. I look forward to seeing all the new and creative ideas she brings to the job of Career Coach. I am also excited to see how our numbers at Union will change with her being at the school fulltime. “, Perry Gillespie, Director of Career and College Promise shared.
Sandoval has many goals for herself as Career Coach for the CCP program. She wants to be able to learn more about the CCP program and the opportunities that it can provide for students. Sandoval also wants to ensure that she remains engaged with her students at Union High School by finding resources that help them with their educations and futures.
Naomi Sandoval wants to leave a lasting impact on students and the community as a Career Coach at Sampson Community College. Her brief time in the position has already proven the impact she will have on the Career and College Promise program.
About Sampson Community College: Sampson Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, located in Clinton, NC in Sampson County. The college offers many programs to include two-year degrees, college transfer, continuing education and workforce development options and early college education.