Maritza Cervantes is the new WIOA Program Director but not new to the community. Late in life, she pursued a higher education from a promise she made to her father prior to him losing the battle of Emphysema. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Administration.
She gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from working in various roles with NUSD. These work experiences strengthened her skills and capacity to effectively fulfill her new position while she continues to grow as a leader and public servant.
“This organization encompasses serving our community through various outlets. It provides me with the opportunity to learn about the needs of the community while allowing me the chance to serve my community. This position challenges me in many ways to grow while applying my skills and knowledge at a different level. I am people oriented, I strongly believe in teamwork and collaboration,” said Cervantes.
Ms. Cervantes has worked for the Nogales Unified School District for 25 years. She was named in 2015 Teacher of the Year. “I was blessed with the opportunity to touch many young lives both in and out of the classroom. Assisting students reach their goals is the most gratifying accomplishment ever,” said Cervantes.
Ms. Cervantes is a Nogales native. She moved to Los Angeles, with her parents in her early teens. Later moved back to Nogales, where she returned to NHS to graduate with her childhood friends. Ms. Cervantes a proud mother of five children 4 boys, and 1 girl. Her oldest is married and successfully settled with his beautiful family in the community. She has two full-time college students attending institutions in the Tempe area. Her two youngest attend NHS one is a senior and a freshman.
“Arizona@ Work offers eligible participants’ the tools necessary to help them succeed by helping them set a career path, so they can meet their goals. We provide services that will help them successfully reach their goals. The end results benefit the participants and employers of Santa Cruz County. We want to ensure Santa Cruz County residents become acquainted with the services we offer. My goal is to continue promoting the effectiveness of the program and increase our participant success rate.,” said WIOA Program Director Maritza Cervantes.