Northeast Early College
Formerly High Tech Early College
Future Center: Room B110
College Advisor: Ismael Garcia
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Ismael A.K.A “Smiley” moved to this colorful Colorado land he now calls home. After completing his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies at Dallas Christian College, he served as outreach minister to the Latino community in Longmont, Colorado. He then transferred his passion to serving underrepresented communities in Southwest Denver for the Denver District Attorney’s Office. As a community organizer he realized the importance a high quality education plays for communities of color. He then dedicated 15 years at the Community College of Denver, focusing on overcoming educational barriers for limited income students. Ismael is perhaps most proud of serving as a founding board member of Strive Prep Schools in Denver, providing a high quality education to every child where they live. Ismael wears a beaming smile knowing he is inspiring young scholars to succeed in college, careers, and life as the TRIO College Advisor at Northeast Early College. Learn more about Ismael on LinkedIn.
TRIO Assistant Director: Humberto Guerrero
Humberto is originally from a small rural village in Zacatecas, Mexico. He grew up in the Five Points community where he attended Cole Middle School and Manual High School. As a graduate of Denver Public Schools and as a first generation high school and college graduate, Humberto developed a deep passion for college access early on in his educational and professional career. Throughout his time at the Community College of Denver and later the at the University of Colorado Denver, where he received his associate and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science respectively, Humberto made it his personal mission to help others get to, and complete, college. Looking to make a greater impact on education policy, Humberto also completed his master’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Education Policy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Given the mission and vision of DSF, Humberto has found a perfect fit for his passion in the state and city he calls home. At DSF, Humberto serves as Assistant Director for the TRIO Talent Search program in Denver’s Montbello community and helps students grades 9-12 prepare, enroll in, and complete college.