Counselor Vanessa Haynes Receives A2MEND Award

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Academic Counselor Vanessa Haynes is a 2016-17 A2MEND Award recipient who was recently honored for going above and beyond in helping to support, encourage and enhance the success of all students at El Camino College Compton Center. Haynes is one of 13 college faculty members who were honored on March 2 by the African American Male Education Network and Development at its annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner.

Haynes received the Distinguished Faculty Award at ECC Compton Center in 2013 and has served students as an academic counselor since 1998. A respected counselor who is valued by her colleagues for her energy and enthusiasm, she is known for her commitment to innovation and her passion for student success. She guides students by developing individual education plans, recommending workshops and teaching human development courses.

According to students and peers, Haynes is regarded as passionate about education and goes above and beyond to help students prepare for graduation. She also provides support to veterans, counseling them on the regulations and process for certification for Veteran Education Benefits. Her devotion to ECC Compton Center students and fellow faculty members is reflected in the depth of her involvement, including programs such as New Student Welcome Day, Transfer Center, Athletic Counseling, Student Success, EOPS/CARE and Student Learning Outcomes. In addition she is a member of ECC Compton Center's Academic Senate and serves on the El Camino College Educational Policies committee representing Compton Center's Faculty Council.

Haynes earned both a master's degree in education counseling and student personnel and a bachelor's degree in social science from San Jose State University. In 2014, she was inducted into the National Association of University Women's Hall of Fame by its West Coast Cities Branch for her ongoing contributions to the local communities related to education, social issues and community impact.

"This year's honorees have shown outstanding leadership and fortitude in fostering change within the community college system to improve success of students, particularly for African-American males," said Herbert L. English, Jr., A2MEND Scholarship Chairperson.

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