Cenaiyda Carranza, Career Counselor

Cenaiyda has been working as a career counselor at SHSU for the past five plus years. She has recently taken on the new role of Assistant Director with an emphasis in the area of Career Exploration and Development. With her new role she is responsible for training and supervising three new career counseling liaisons in the implementation and integration of the Career Counseling liaison model with three specific colleges on campus which include the College of Education, College of Criminal Justice, and College of Business Administration.

In her role as a career counselor she has enjoyed helping students identify their strengths and helping them to explore common threads within different fields of study that could lead them to the right career path. As a counselor she feels honored to be able to listen to the stories of so many students as they cross the threshold from high school graduation to college graduation. Her greatest challenge and motivator is better understanding the struggles of students and young professionals in transition and working together to bridge the gap that leads to success. Some of the services that she provides include career counseling and interpreting career assessments to include the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. She also works with students on creating effective resumes and developing strong interviewing skills that best reflect who they genuinely are and what they bring to the table.

Cenaiyda received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Sam Houston State University and later went on to receive her Master of Science in Counseling from University of Houston Clear-Lake. Cenaiyda is fully licensed as a professional counselor by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and also holds her NCC license by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc.

Prior to Cenaiyda’s work at Sam Houston State University, she provided individual and family counseling in a variety of settings including the non-profit sector and residential treatment setting in the Houston area. She has worked with various large organizations in Houston to include the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority, and Mayor Lee Brown’s Anti-Gang Office(Truancy Prevention Pilot Project). Cenaiyda has a strong desire to help and serve those in need. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Youth Development sector in Central America for two years after completing her master’s degree. Once she completed her service as a volunteer, her entire perspective on life shifted. She has served as a short term missionary to Guatemala for several years helping translate for doctors and nurses providing care to families living in rural areas of Guatemala. She enjoys spending time with her young son and exploring the world through his eyes. Her passions include hiking, traveling, and daily practice of Benedictine spirituality in her professional and personal life.


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