Organization, focus and clear communication are the cornerstones of Alexandria Terrazas’ work ethic, helping her earn this year’s Nancy Blane Guerra Award.

Terrazas, Coordinator of Student Success Programs, was surprised to learn she won the award because in her eyes, she’s simply doing what she’s supposed to.

“I’m modest about this award because I’m just doing my job. Doing the best I can is how I perceive my job,” she said. “But it’s exciting to be recognized for my performance and effort. It’s a huge compliment, especially with the quality of Administrative and Professional staff who could have won, too, based on their teamwork, flexibility and quality of work.”

Terrazas arrived at Moraine Valley in fall 2009. She began as a part-time English language specialist, then was the coordinator of minority student achievement
before assuming her current role.

When interviewing for her position in Student Success, Terrazas emphasized her desire for consistency and clear communication in creating or improving
initiatives while making sure the process or program becomes efficient. Her job involves managing the dual credit program, which serves 26 partner high schools, along with specialized on-campus courses for dual credit/dual enrollment and implementation of EdReady, the online tool used to assess high school math students and convey how to prepare for college. She also plans and organizes the family orientations every spring and summer. The bulk of Terrazas’ work is as a liaison between the college and high schools as well as formulating partnerships with dual credit and EdReady.

Her laser focus has helped double dual credit enrollment, which led to acquiring the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships Research Grant in 2015. She also co-chaired the first Women’s Leadership Conference and helped develop the first Latino Empowerment Conference, both on campus.

“Alex deals with a lot of stressful situations daily, but she has the innate ability to work effectively in extremely high-demand situations while keeping a positive attitude. That ability has turned many highly charged, high-pressure situations into productive, positive meetings,” said one nominator.

Her work in Student Success also was recognized by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, which awards 40 under 40 for creativity,
innovation, leadership, and achievements of faculty, counselors and staff around the country. She’ll receive the award at the end of April in New Orleans.

For all these reasons and many more, Terrazas deserved to win the award, said another one of her nominators. “She is an exceptional leader, an immaculate organizer, a cheerleader, and mentor. Her accomplishments could not have been achieved without embodying all Eight Expectations that Dr. Crawley has set for faculty and staff.”