Hostos alumnus and Assistant Director to the Academic Achievement Department Ramón De Los Santos is set to leave the College after three years with the unit.
But his Hostos story began long before that.
Ramón came to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1998 and enrolled at Hostos in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program while studying Liberal Arts. He said the flexibility of the coursework, as well as the seamless relationship of learning English while learning philosophy, history and humanities, made the entire experience feel very natural.
Remaining in the CUNY system after earning his Associate's Degree, Ramón earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Baruch College and then a Master's Degree in Public Administration at Queen's College.
He worked in the Academic Learning Center from 2001 to 2004 as a tutor, and taught reading and writing in summer workshops.
From 2004-2009, he worked at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture serving as an administrative assistant to Wally Edgecombe.
Ramón finished his Hostos journey as Assistant Director of the Academic Achievement Department, where he was responsible for providing advisement to registering students and to students on academic probation.
Ramón will start working at The New Community College at CUNY for its inaugural semester this fall, again providing counseling and academic advisement to new students.
Ramón said he was quickly hooked on Hostos, and that his connection to the College led him to remain a member of the Hostos family for over a decade.
"It was a very safe environment and a small group," Ramón said of the experience in the ESL Intensive Program at Hostos. "English emerged in everything we were learning so all the content I learned early on really came together," Ramón said.