Through the Sierra College Student Services and Liberal Arts Divisions, Dr. Reyes Ortega offers professional counseling services and teaches history as a means for students to achieve academic success and increased self-awareness. As Co-coordinator of the Puente Program, he works closely with students to achieve their education and career goals. His bilingual and bicultural skills are helpful to assure that college access and success are, indeed, available for all.
Originally from the San Francisco bay area, Dr. Ortega’s extended family comes from the state of New Mexico and from the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. As a first-generation college student, he draws from personal and professional experiences to help others understand the value of higher education. When not reading or writing, he spends his time with his wife Rebecca, and enjoys the outdoors with his sons Reyes and Mateo.
Dr. Ortega's Memorable Puente Moment: "Observing Puente students learn the value of community service with the Tahoe / Truckee Latino community and with Sacramento Loaves & Fishes."
After two years at Sierra College, Jason Roberts earned his B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and his M.A. in Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.
He began teaching at Sierra in 2001 and earned a full-time position in 2007. Jason is also a musician and plays guitar in two bands in Sacramento, Nice Monster and The Secret Lives of Squirrels. In his vast spare time, Jason enjoys being with his wife, Nicole, and his young son, Jude.
Professor Robert's Memorable Puente Moment: "When Pedro told me I was cool. Also, watching our students listen to and interact with the Chico students during our visit to Chico State."