Cenaiyda Carranza, Assistant Director

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Cenaiyda joined the Career Services team at SHSU in 2008. She formerly managed the Career Counseling Team and helped implement the Career Counseling Liaison program on main campus in 2013 for three of the university’s largest colleges to include College of Education, College of Criminal Justice, and College of Business Administration. She now offices out of The Woodlands Center full time and her new area of focus and implementation is to build partnerships and develop programming for Career Services and the students at the university’s satellite campus, The Woodlands Center. This past fall 2015 she also served as an instructor for the Introduction to Helping Relationships course through the SHSU Counseling Department. This new experience allowed her to teach students that have an interest in some type of helping field the skills needed to become an effective and compassionate helper in the workforce of today.  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. 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. The What’s Your Story program that she created in 2012 initially targeted Freshman to help increase career readiness and awareness has now grown to five industry specific panels reaching over 300 students this past Fall 2015. She hopes to build programs similar to the What’s Your Story for the diverse student population and growing community of The Woodlands in the near future.       

Prior to her joining SHSU, Cenaiyda worked with various large organizations and non-profits in the Houston area to include Family Services of Greater Houston, Harris County Adult Probation Department, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority, Mayor Lee Brown’s Anti-Gang Office, and SER-Ninos Charter School.  Cenaiyda has a strong desire to help and serve those in need. After completing her master’s degree, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Youth Development sector and partnered with an Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center and local schools of Honduras to develop sustainable drug prevention programs for the youth and their communities. Once she completed her service as a volunteer, her entire perspective on life shifted and remains forever thankful to the families and relationships that she built while living and working in a 3rd world country. She now enjoys playing an active role in her son’s soccer games and being present in his new learning experiences as a 1st grader. Her passions include hiking, traveling, and daily practice of Benedictine spirituality in her professional and personal life.