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2018 Star Award Winner

Each year, during the Leaders & Legends Celebration, College Success Arizona recognizes a college access professional who demonstrates an extraordinary level of personal commitment and leadership in helping Arizona students achieve their postsecondary education goals. Started in 2015, the Star Award recognizes individuals that go above and beyond to help students, particularly those that are low-income, first-generation, gain access to higher education. Past honorees have included Eugene Begay of the TRiO – Northern Arizona University Talent Search, David J. Rodriguez Martinez, of Tucson’s Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC), and Zulema Fragoso, of the Nogales Unified School District.

This year, College Success Arizona is proud to recognize Dolores Ramirez, of the Phoenix Union High School District, as the recipient of the 2018 College Success Arizona Star Award.

Dolores’ continuous dedication to student success helps to strengthen our state by providing the tools to develop an educated workforce.

Dolores is a native Arizonan, educator, mother and advocate of postsecondary education. She is committed to opening the door to higher education for both students and their parents.

A first generation college student, she attended Arizona State University where she majored in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. She earned her M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and her M.Ed in School Counseling from Ottawa University.

Dolores has been helping Arizona students for more than 23 years. Her first 18 years were as a Math teacher, then 2 years as a School Counselor where she served as the Department Chair at Central High School and for the last 2 years as the Postsecondary Articulation Specialist for Phoenix Union High School District. Her current position is a Leader in Full Time Training at Trevor Browne High School.   One    of her roles is to serve as the liaison between her school district and postsecondary institutions and to provide support and professional development for the 92 School Counselors that provide services to the district’s students.

She strongly believes students need to be aware of multiple educational pathways to success. Her passion for postsecondary awareness developed when she realized the students sitting in her classroom were unaware of all opportunities available to them.

The results she’s achieved, working to help students across the Phoenix Union High School District achieve their dreams, is why she’s being recognized with College Success Arizona’s Star Award.

Dolores is proud of her roots. Born and raised in Tolleson, she’s grateful to be a product of the local public school system and to be able to have given something back, as a teacher, a counselor, and an advocate for education in her community.

She and her husband have been married for over 20 years and have two wonderful sons.

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