Manuel Medrano


Manuel Medrano blazed a very short trail from Gadsden High School to Washington, D.C.  In less than 10 years, the Chihuahua City native passed four major academic milestones - obtaining a high school diploma, an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree.

After receiving his associate degree from Doña Ana Community College in December 2004, Medrano obtained a full-time job in his chosen field. He was hired as a computer technician by Las Cruces Public Schools. In the fall of the same year he also started taking courses at NMSU that would lead to a bachelor's degree in information and computer technology. In 2007, he enrolled at Capella University and started working on a master of science degree in information technology. In 2009, with the MA in hand, he began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the NMSU College of Engineering.

In 2010, Medrano took a giant leap by moving to the East Coast. This move enabled him to ascend to the position of computer hardware engineer for the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. Early last year, Medrano accepted his current position at the U.S. Department of State, where he works as an administrator information technology specialist. In his "spare time," he teaches as an adjunct college instructor at Virginia International University in Fairfax, Va., and continues teaching online for DACC and NMSU.