Merced College’s Ruano named honoree for Latina Luncheon
Merced College Area 4 Dean Sylvia Ruano has been chosen as one of several speakers who will be honored for their contributions to the community at the 2020 Latina Women’s Luncheon on March 6. The acknowledgment and event are sponsored by the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“When I heard about it, I was really surprised and honored,” Ruano said. “I’m humbled.”
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating four women including Ruano at their annual Latina Women’s Luncheon at the Italo-American Lodge, West 18th Street, in Merced, on March 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 each.
The honoring coincides with Marches Women’s History Month and continually highlights the dedications woman have in the progression of our communities. Lilliana Sanchez-Ramos, Nereida Ochoa Jantz and Nicole Lopez were also nominated by their peers and evaluated for their accomplishments in community service, professional achievement, and personal life quality.
Karla Seijas, the keynote speaker for the luncheon, was recognized as Latina Women of the Year last year for her advocation to service members and their families.
Sylvia Ruano grew up in the Pomona area and later moved to Redding where she attended Shasta College and earned an associate degree, before receiving a BA from Simpson University and an MS from the University of LaVerne. She was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college.
“I’m fairly new to this area,” Ruano said. “But my grandparents were field workers in this area. To be honored in the same place where my grandparents lived and worked, that was humbling. I would have loved for them to see this.”
At Merced College, Ruano oversees Area 4 which encompasses Allied Health, Child Development, Public Safety and Kinesiology. Before moving over to Area 4 in 2019, Ruano had been acting dean of student services. Her first position at the College was running the EOPS, CARE and NextUP programs.
Under Ruano’s guidance, Allied Health is expanding their already robust high school Certified Nursing Assistant program into the Los Banos Unified School District and adding more courses for the rapidly expanding prison education program. In Child Development, Ruano and her team are working to make a child development degree available online.
Ruano, in addition to her work with the College, serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Central Valley Opportunity Center.
“I’m very thankful to [President] Chris [Vitelli] and [Vice President of Student Services] Mike McCandless for hiring me,” Ruano said. “Now I can look at the faculty and the students and myself as a team. It’s a great feeling. Whatever we are doing, we always think, ‘Students first.’”
Tickets to the luncheon are $30 for a seat and $220 for a table of 8, tickets can be purchased online at: www.accelevents.com/e/2020LatinaLunch. Contact the MCHCC office at (209) 384-9537 or through email [email protected]