May 30, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public + Media Relations Manager
MCC administrator receives Women’s Center for Advancement award
OMAHA, Neb. — Maria Vazquez has been named a 2017 Distinguished Honoree by the Women’s Center for Advancement. Vazquez will be recognized at the 30th annual Tribute to Women, an event that will be hosted by WCA on June 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St.Vazquez is Metropolitan Community College's associate vice president of Student Affairs.
Vazquez is one of 10 honorees selected by WCA. The selection committee, comprised of community members, chose from a pool of nominees based on their achievements and impact on the community. All honorees have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to make the Omaha area a better place.
About Maria Garcia Vazquez
Growing up in the South Omaha community, Maria Vazquez has been committed to serving Omaha her entire life. After graduating from Daniel J. Gross High School, she earned an associate of arts degree from MCC. She has since earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Vazquez served on former Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey’s cabinet and is the former director of the Greater Omaha Workforce Development. After her time on Fahey’s cabinet, she became a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, serving as a statewide community liaison with the Latino and general populations. She currently serves as the associate vice president of Student Affairs at MCC, where she provides administrative direction and leads a dedicated staff in serving the student population. Vazquez also serves on community boards and committees including; Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Fraser Stryker Diversity scholarship and the Latino Center of the Midlands.
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state