MISSION COLLEGE PRESIDENT
RECIPIENT OF PIONEER WOMEN AWARD
Dr. Adriana Barrera, president of Mission College in Sylmar, has been
named a recipient of the Pioneer Women of the Year award by the City of
The award, presented by the citys Commission on the Status of Women,
is given each year to 15 outstanding women, each nominated by one of the
15 city council members. It pays tribute to the honorees contributions
to the vitality of Los Angeles and to their accomplishments, which must
reflect leadership, advocacy or philanthropy.
Alex Padilla, 7th District councilman, nominated Dr. Barrera.
The award was presented to Barrera in a ceremony during the Los Angeles
City Councils March 28 meeting.
"Im honored by the award, particularly since it is given in
recognition of my efforts to advance Mission College," said Barrera.
Dr. Barrera became president of Los Angeles Mission College in July 2000.
Since then, she has led the Sylmar college during a pivotal period that
has seen enrollment grow by 35 percent; the full-time faculty expand by
20 instructors to meet the growing enrollment; the launching of the Proposition
A renovation effort; and renewal of the colleges accreditation.
During her tenure, Dr. Barrera has overseen completion of two major construction
efforts: the Guadalupe S. Ramirez Collaborative Studies (classroom) Building
and expansion of the Student Services Annex. She also oversaw the return
of a limited athletics program to the college after a five-year hiatus.
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