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Ricardo Navarrette

Ricardo Dana Navarrette

Vice President, Student Services
Santa Rosa Junior College

Ricardo graduated from Loyola University, Los Angeles as an "Honors" major and completed graduate study as a Teaching Fellow in the English department. Earned a Master's in Counseling as well as postgraduate study in “Desarollo Humano” at ITESO in Guadalajara, Mexico.

His professional career in university and community colleges has spanned over 40 years in three universities and three community colleges. Ricardo has taught composition, creative writing, literature and various counseling courses at the college level. He has been a college counselor, EOPS Director, Upward Bound Director, English instructor and Assistant Dean of Student Development. He began his career at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1986 as the Dean of Admissions and Records and has been the Vice President, Student Services since 1998.

An active leader in various community organizations, Ricardo has served on the executive board of United Way, Boys and Girls Club of Healdsburg, was President of "Social Advocates for Youth", is currently on the executive board of the Community College Chief Student Services Officer Association, and was the founding president of the Sonoma County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he coached youth sports in Healdsburg for two decades in the 80’s and 90’s.

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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