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Linda Perez Yater

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Assistant Superintendent of Support Services
Dallas ISD

“I attended Eastfield for my first year of college, then transferred to North Texas State University (now UNT) to complete my bachelor’s degree in vocational home economics.

“As the first woman in my family to attend college, Eastfield College was a natural choice for me. It was in my neighborhood, the tuition and fees were very reasonable and I was able to continue to live at home. These factors contributed to my being able to begin my college education. Additionally, I had an opportunity to adjust to the differences between my secondary and postsecondary educational settings within a smaller learning community.

“My experiences at Eastfield made the transition to a university away from home much easier. At Eastfield, I learned how to manage my time, how to develop and use effective study habits, how to begin to plan my degree program and how to meet and interact with students of all ages, interests, backgrounds and accomplishments. In other words, I was able to experience freshman ‘college culture shock’ in a very supportive environment. This experience served me well throughout the remainder of my college years.

“After I graduated from UNT, I taught home economics, completed a master’s degree and became an administrator of various student services programs, including the supervision of counseling services. Currently, as the assistant superintendent of student services for the Dallas Independent School District, my departments have great partnerships with the Dallas County Community College District, and we strongly encourage our students to apply for Rising Star scholarships.

“Because of my experience at Eastfield, I would recommend community college for any student who has a desire to attend college. I would especially recommend it for first-generation college students, those with limited financial resources, those seeking certificate or associate degree programs or those with responsibilities that interfere with full-time college attendance. Our community college system makes it possible for almost anyone, regardless of financial circumstances, who is willing to commit time and effort, to obtain a postsecondary education that will expand both personal and career options and opportunities.”

Linda Perez Yater attended Eastfield College before transferring to NTSU (now UNT) to earn a bachelor’s degree. Recent professional awards include being named as 2005-2006 Counselor Advocate of the Year by the Texas School Counselors’ Association and 2006 Friend of School-Based Health by the Texas Association of School-Based Health Centers.