Ruben Hernandez is Walla Walla Community College’s outreach coordinator. He graduated from WWCC in 2005, and has been working at the college since 2018.
Most important part of the job
I go out to high schools, in classrooms and assemblies, and speak with students, inviting them to come to WWCC. And we’re doing a new initiative, high school visit days, where I go out to students that are already committed to coming here. I introduce myself, take them a school shirt, and just welcome them to the campus so they feel that they know someone here. Also, I conduct tours of the campus
I’m the only recruiter on campus, the point person who does all the outreach to students and parents. I reach out to all the high schools in Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater, College Place, and Prescott. I make things more personal by telling students that I went through WWCC myself, used the tutoring center, got help from the TRIO program, and it makes them more confident.
People should know
We have great programs here. People are afraid that it will be expensive, but we have so much financial help available. And people who have had to leave school for personal or financial reasons often don’t realize that they still can come back, even after many years, to finish their degrees.
I’m the point person for any questions about enrolling in college, and I’ll walk anyone through the process and help them get set up to go here.
I love performing in public. I sing Spanish music. Recently the Banda Los Recoditos played at the Latino Family Festival at the Fairgrounds, and I got to sing two songs with them. I’d like to learn how to play the guitar and the piano too.
I just got appointed as president of the Board of the Friends of Children of Walla Walla.
We love to travel, especially to places where it’s nice and warm, and to the beach. We just got back from San Diego, where we went to Legoland. And we love to spend time with our boys, who keep us busy with sports.
My wife, Ruthell, works for the Community Council. We met right out of college, got married, and have been back in Walla Walla ever since. And we have two sons. Romeo is 6, and Royce is 2.