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Michele Bobadilla, assistant provost for Hispanic student success and senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement at UTA.

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced today the selection of Michele Bobadilla as chair of its new University Partnerships initiative. Bobadilla serves as assistant provost for Hispanic student success and senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement at The University of Texas at Arlington.
The initiative’s goal is to build a robust college-to-career pipeline between Hispanic-Serving Institutions, like UTA, and the corporations who partner with the Foundation, resulting in enhanced career readiness for students and an immediately employable talent pool for various industries. 
“The initial focus of University Partnerships will be to identify strong regional matches between universities, community colleges, and businesses working with Hispanic chambers of commerce across the state, and begin to network the entities and leverage shared resources,” Bobadilla said. “There are multiple reasons why UTA is the right institution to spearhead this effort.”
The University of Texas at Arlington serves more Hispanic students than any other four-year public university in North Texas. UTA is one of only 10 universities in the nation to achieve the designation of both Hispanic-Serving Institution and R-1: Highest Research Activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Bobadilla said she will immediately begin working with industry leaders to cultivate paid internship and real experiential learning opportunities. “Internships are critical for career success and must be paid in order for students, many of whom are first generation and working their way through college, to be able to afford the opportunity,” she said.
Troy Johnson, UTA’s vice president of enrollment management said, “For UTA to be asked to spearhead this effort by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation is proof of the pivotal role we’re playing to ensure that America’ …

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