Story by Kristin Breakell
As a first-generation college student, Humberto Hernandez has served as an inspiration to younger students as a volunteer for the Department of Construction Management and as a tutor. Hernandez has demonstrated both academic excellence and involvement in the community throughout his time at CSU.
‘Amazing construction management program’
Hernandez began his college career with an interest in engineering, but changed his major to construction management after discovering his passion for building. “Within a couple months of attending CSU, I discovered that I liked doing things with my hands and enjoyed being involved in the construction of buildings,” Hernandez said. “Around that time, I found out that CSU had an amazing construction management program. That’s when I realized that CSU was the perfect fit for me.”
Although his transition to CSU was difficult at times, Hernandez found the support he needed in the CSU community. “CSU is a big campus and at first, it was difficult for me to navigate campus,” he said. “The CSU community has been great, especially when I needed help. There are many friendly faces around campus that are willing to give you directions and advice.”
Since discovering his passion for construction, Hernandez has become involved in several CSU initiatives. He has volunteered at every CM Career Fair and, as a construction management ambassador, he has helped with high school visits and recruitment activities.
Hernandez was also heavily involved in the Triunfo Tutoring Program through El Centro. Triunfo provides tutoring for elementary school students struggling with homework or in need of extra practice in reading, math, science, and writing. Tutors are paired with the same student every Thursday to assist with his or her needs. As a tutor for five years, Hernandez has made a significant impact in the lives of many young students.
Worked through college
Hernandez supported himself through college by working at Taco Bell for about five years and also received a scholarship from the company. He participated in construction management internships during the summers of 2015 and 2016.
After graduation, Hernandez will be working with Concrete Frame Associates, a concrete subcontractor in Denver, Colorado. “With this company, I hope to apply some of the skills and knowledge that I gained during my time at CSU,” Hernandez said. Before starting his full-time job, Hernandez hopes to get a chance to travel and visit some of Colorado’s beautiful national parks.