Ruben Holguin of Lynn is the recipient of the North Shore Community College Dr. Cheryl Finkelstein Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Pictured: Dr. Cheryl Finkelstein, retired NSCC Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services, present Ruben Holguin with the Dr. Cheryl Finkelstein Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Holguin is an amazing NSCC success story. Incarcerated as a youth, he earned his GED in jail then entered college through NSCC’s Project Enable. Holguin is enrolled in the college’s liberal arts program.
Noting that experience changed his life for the better, today Holguin is heavily involved in college activities and makes numerous contributions. He serves as a student representative on the college’s Enrollment Development Team and the Minority Recruitment and Success Team. He participated in a webinar on helping men of color succeed in higher education, serves as a panel speaker at Early Acceptance Dinners, and assisted the college’s marketing efforts in the development of new promotional materials. In addition to this award, Ruben received an Engaged Leader Award from Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success.
But his work inside the college is just the tip of the iceberg. Holguin has represented Massachusetts, North Shore Community College, and the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education at a Leadership Institute in Washington DC where he met with state officials, Congressmen, and other government officials to advocate for adult education and literacy programs. He currently serves as National Secretary of Value USA, the only national organization governed and operated by current and former adult learners.
In addition, he finds ways to give back to his community. He tutors as time allows at Operation Bootstrap. He shares his story with gang members in Lynn to deter them from following in his footsteps. He advocates for adult learners on the local and national level. He also speaks to homeless people and addicts and coaches them on how to get help. He buys a homeless person a donut every day.
The award is named for Dr. Cheryl Finkelstein, retired NSCC Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services.