When the going gets tough, the tough get going…that’s the case with Shoreline Community College Criminal Justice student, Nancy Bidondo, who was recently rewarded for her hard work and perseverance with a WAVE Award from the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.
Bidondo is one of only 128 students in the state to earn the award which recognizes outstanding career and technical education students at community and technical colleges and high schools. On her way to completing her transfer degree in Criminal Justice, her plans include a bachelor’s degree in sociology or the like.
The 41 year-old honors student is serious about her education and what she will do with it. The victim of domestic violence in an earlier marriage, Bidondo is committed to helping others who live in those conditions. The strength of her character is evident when she talks about making something good out of the years of abuse she suffered.
“If I can turn evil into something good to help somebody else…,” she says with conviction, referring to her long-term goal of working with juveniles or victims of domestic abuse or both. She believes that her education along with her experiences will provide the tools to educate victims on how to help themselves and to advocate for legislation that provides support to victims of domestic violence and for effective rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
Criminal Justice instructor Linda Forst nominated Bidondo. “She really deserves this recognition. Nancy is very devoted to learning and growing as a person,” she wrote in the nomination form, emphasizing that Bidondo’s work was always exemplary and “would serve as a model for other students to emulate.” Bidondo earned a 4.0 in every class she took from Forst. “I wish I had more students like her. She puts her all into everything.”
Bidondo equally appreciates Forst and other instructors at Shoreline.
"The instructors are so willing to take extra time in helping. They challenge students by setting a high standard which I appreciate. It allows the student to be stretched and obtain a valuable education," Bidondo said.
Bidondo’s short term plans include volunteering for the Diversion Partnership for Youth Justice program through King County. The educational program, designed for first or second time offenders who commit minor offenses provides troubled youth with a diversion from a formal court proceeding and may include restitution such as community service, a monetary fine, counseling, or informational or educational classes.
Her volunteer work does not stop there. At Shoreline, she takes notes in her Spanish and math classes which she provides for physically challenged students enrolled in the Community Integration Program and participated in a MLK Day Food Drive last year. In 2007, Bidondo and her husband took their children to San Luis, Mexico on a mission with their church. She taught crafts classes at a vacation Bible school while her husband and children helped with the construction of a bathroom at the school. Formerly a hairdresser, Bidondo also provided free haircuts to women, men and children, some of whom were homeless. Her commitment to helping others continues at home where she cares for a friend’s two year-old child so the mother can take evening classes – in criminal justice.
2011 WAVE SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED
The Workforce Board has announced this year's Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholars. While the WAVE program did not receive funding for scholarships this year, the current operating budget directs the program to recognize scholars for their achievements. The WAVE program is suspended for 2012 and 2013