Claudia Estrada-Howell has been named the new Associate Dean of Career Education for the School of Business, Technical Careers, and Workforce Initiatives at San Diego Miramar College. Claudia is a leader and educator with over twenty years of experience in higher education. Her passion for education and student equity comes from having been a first-generation college student. Claudia earned her master’s degree in Career & Technical education and is currently completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University San Bernardino. Additionally, Claudia also holds a certificate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Currently, her research involves defining the role of career services in the community college system.
Claudia’s reverence for career education can be attributed to her own family. Her father, brother, and sister all have successful careers in the fields of aircraft mechanics, automotive technology, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Miramar College, Claudia served the students at San Diego Mesa College as the Transfer and Career Guidance Supervisor. In this role, she oversaw the Transfer Center, Career Center, and Evaluations department. Additional previous positions include Interim Director of Career Services, Career Counselor/Coordinator, Lecturer, and Admissions Counselor.
Claudia’s passion for connecting students to equitable opportunities has been demonstrated throughout her career. At her alma matter, she served as president for the Association of LatinX Faculty, Staff, and Students (ALFSS), who have since awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to students of all backgrounds. Claudia was also awarded “Women of Distinction” by Senator Mike Morell’s 23rd district for her extensive community involvement to help underserved students. Claudia is also a proud recipient of the “United States Volunteer Award for Service” (Gold Level) awarded to her by President Barack Obama. Most recently, she served as a College Director on the San Diego Mesa College Foundation. Claudia is also very involved in the San Diego & Imperial Community Colleges regional consortium and has served as a chair for the Pathway Navigation workgroup for the last three years.
Claudia will continue her work in the areas of career education, career services, career readiness, equity, student success, and budget management. In addition, Claudia expressed excitement to be joining the School of Business, Technical Education, and Workforce Initiatives, which is known throughout the region for innovation, inclusivity, and student-centered programs. Her first day of service to the College was August 2, 2021.