Juan Carlos was born and raised in Nicaragua and completed his university studies to a technical level in ecology at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua. He then won a full scholarship to study agriculture at the Panamerican Agricultural School El Zamorano, Honduras. After completing his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, he returned to his country of origin to provide training for farmers in rural areas of the northside of the country. He later worked as a student guide in the Zamorano where he was able to assist students academically and socially. Working at the University he was presented with the opportunity to apply for a production manager training program with one of the largest companies in the United States. He decided to pursue this opportunity, although there were challenges, as this involved bringing his family to a new and unknown place, as well as a different culture. He worked with the company in different production farms with varied sizes and genetics, eventually achieving a managerial position. During the summer of 2018 he had the opportunity to work as a part-time recruiter. The experience led him to make a big decision in his life and, after 11 years working in production, he decided to turn his career toward the Migrant Education Program in Bladen County, North Carolina, eventually becoming a regional recruiter for the NC Department of Public Instruction. Every new experience with the Migrant Education Program has left him with great teachings, both professionally and personally. He is now working with the NC Department of Public Instruction and SERVE as Identification and Recruitment Coordinator for North Carolina.
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