Nothing makes our team more happy than welcoming an invaluable staff member to our ranks! Today we celebrate the hiring of Amelia Caté, who has served as our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer during the previous two years. Today, she occupies her new position as Program Associate and in this role Amelia will oversee many important aspects of our annual programming and organizational data processes.
(Photo: Three women pose for photo in front of clocktower on Amherst College campus. Amelia Caté is pictured on left, Sara Cohen of Amherst Admissions center, CH staff member Christine Suina on right at our Amherst 2016 program.)
Amelia shares some thoughts on her recent transition, "Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for College Horizons for the past two years has provided me tremendous knowledge, growth and experience. I chose to work with College Horizons because I want to continue making impact to students and families in our native communities. I know what it’s like to be the first in my family to attend college and not know anything about the college admissions process. It was scary to even consider going to college because I felt that I could not do it, until I found College Horizons. I would not be where I am today if I had not attended College Horizons 8 years ago. Now that I’ve made it through, I want to help students that are going through the same doubts and struggles as I once did in high school. By paying it forward, I hope that my service to our students can help them achieve their goals in higher education so that they too can graduate from college, return to their communities and improve their nations. I am extremely proud to be a part of this amazing program. College Pride, Native Pride!”
Caté's contributions have been noticed by fellow staff members too. "Amelia has really proven her worth to our organization. In two years, her contributions have allowed us to expand and solidify various components of our programming. Her attention to detail, solid work ethic and history with our organization, among other standout qualities, make us extremely lucky to have her," offered co-worker, Hilary Abe.
The Staff and Board of College Horizons would like to extend a very warm welcome to Amelia and express our deep thanks and appreciation for her previous contributions as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer.
You can learn more about Amelia by visiting our CH Staff page.