NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Honors BCC Student: Karla Alvarez Wants to Help Others Create Ideas that ‘Shake the World’

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Karla Alvarez with Eileen GuzzoAfter losing both parents by the age of 12, Bronx Community College (BCC) student Karla Alvarez says her sink or swim mentality has become second nature. And so has her ability to network and seek support from those around her.

Since beginning at BCC, Karla has been recognized both on and off campus for her poise, resilience and determination. She has become acquainted with professors, administrators and even BCC’s president. “I met her one of the first days of classes during Bronco Bash,” Interim President Milton Santiago said. “And I knew right away she would be a standout.”

Karla is pursuing her Associate of Science degree in Cybersecurity while working in BCC’s IT Department. Her goal is to become a professional in the field of digital security and protection.

Recently, Karla was a recipient of the Microsoft Cybersecurity Scholarship for her academic excellence and potential in the field. She also was honored with a special award from the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“It was such a thrill to be recognized in this way,” said Karla, who received the award at the 18th Annual Hispanic Business Banquet and Scholarship Award Reception. “With this scholarship, I hope to lift as I climb by becoming an apt mentor the same way mentorship and guidance have been extended to me. I hope to demonstrate to students of color that education – through trade, life experience, or educational institutions – is a marathon, not a race.”

She adds, “With the correct tools, you can step into new spaces and shift paradigms. I want to welcome more of my community to transform their daydreams into brillant, innovative ideas that will shake the world.”

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