Congratulations to Brittney Hernandez, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Staff of the Month for December 2020. Hernandez is a Manager for Student Advising and Success and has been with the College for five years.
Hernandez, originally from Wyoming, holds an associate degree in Psychology from Central Wyoming College, as well as a bachelor’s in Psychology and master’s in Mental Health Counseling from University of Wyoming. Prior to CWI, Hernandez worked as an Admissions Representative for Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.
“At Northwest, my position required me to visit Treasure Valley high schools to help students explore post high school options. Each time I came out to talk with high school students here, my yearning to live in the Treasure Valley grew! During one of these visits, a counselor mentioned an opening at CWI. That day, I made it my goal to work at CWI which became a reality when I was hired in 2015!”
As a member of the Student Advising and Success team, Hernandez enjoys helping students move toward accomplishing their dreams.
“Every day is different in the life of an advisor. My main duty is to serve students by meeting with them in-person, via Zoom, or by phone. I often play a role in helping them identify classes to take the following semester, create education plans that include a graduation date, explore transfer options, and check out career opportunities. I also have the privilege of working with a fantastic group of people who truly bring joy to my work at CWI.”
“Brittney is an astounding supervisor,” commented Student Success Advisor, Nikki Houston. “While COVID has certainly put us all in a different setting and routine than we are used to, she has been nothing but flexible and compassionate toward me and members of our team. She prioritizes time to make sure her ‘squad’ is taken care of and shows us we are appreciated often.”
Hernandez and her husband met in Wyoming. Along with their two children, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, checking out new trails, and barbecuing in the backyard. She loves reading and trying new recipes.