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Camden Resident Chosen to Serve as 2012-13 Alumna Trustee at CCC


A student who helped start a non-profit bicycle shop to benefit her community has been chosen as the 2012-13 alumni representative to the Camden County College Board of Trustees.


Angelica Santiago of Camden was elected to a one-year term by her peers in the Class of 2012. After taking CCC classes while still attending high school at Camden County Technical Schools, she enrolled in the College as a degree-seeking student in 2009. She completed her associate degree in liberal arts and science with a 3.5 grade-point average, earning both Dean’s List and President’s List status.


While at CCC, Santiago was an Educational Opportunity Fund participant and a work-study student at the Camden City Campus. She volunteered for College events such as new student orientation and open house. In addition, she was involved with the EDGE Mentoring Program, the Urban Unity Club and the Student Government Association.


“The experience I’ve gained as a work-study student gives me an advantage,” Santiago said. “It will benefit my input on behalf of the students at Camden County College.”


In addition to her campus activities, Santiago helped start the non-profit community bicycle shop Bikes-R-Us in Camden. She continues to volunteer with this organization, educating city children about bicycle safety and basic repair skills.


Because she grew up in a family where English wasn’t spoken at home, Santiago is considered a “1.5-generation” American. At an early age, she was relied upon to schedule medical and other appointments for her family; pay the household bills; fill out school forms and review her younger siblings’ homework; and provide any other English-to-Spanish translations that were needed.


Santiago, who also is a first-generation college graduate, is transferring to Rutgers University’s School of Social Work to complete her bachelor’s degree. She plans to major in social work and minor in criminal justice for a future career as a social worker within community development and public affairs.

Published: June 06, 2012