Cenaiyda Carranza, Assistant Director

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Cenaiyda joined the Career Services team at SHSU in 2008. Her emphasis is in the area of Career Exploration and Development. She oversees and manages the Career Counseling Team to include the Career Counselor liaison program which serves the College of Education, College of Criminal Justice, and College of Business Administration.  Cenaiyda has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Sam Houston State University and a 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. 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. She enjoys developing programming for students and staff to help them grow personally and professionally in order to become better advocates of their careers.

Prior to her joining SHSU, Cenaiyda worked with various large organizations in Houston to include Family Services of Greater Houston, Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority, and Mayor Lee Brown’s Anti-Gang Office.  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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