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Degree makes dream a reality for Santa Maria grad

January 05, 2016 by Brandman University
Brandman graduate Krista Delia

Krista Delia

When the Santa Maria YMCA promoted Krista Delia to a management position as senior program director recently, it was the fulfillment of a dream for the Brandman University graduate.

“Having a degree and experience in the nonprofit sector has made my dreams a reality. I absolutely love working for a cause,” said Delia.

Her degree in social science with an emphasis on sociology, psychology and organizational leadership was “100 percent” helpful in attaining her new position.
She credits the Santa Maria campus staff for their willingness to share knowledge, experience, time and talent that catered to her individual learning style for helping her be where she is in life, both personally and professionally.

“The hours and location where what initially brought me to Brandman’s doors; but my experience with the teaching staff and colleagues are what kept me there. I have made lifetime friends at Brandman; many of them I continue to work with within the community. I am proud to say I graduated from Brandman,” said Delia, who earned her degree in 2010.

According to a report in the Lompoc Record, Delia began her career with the Santa Maria Valley YMCA in 2004 as a coach for their first all-star cheerleading program. That team placed at the national level competitions for the next four years. After graduating from Brandman, she accepted a position with the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall as a juvenile institutional officer.

When Delia returned to the YMCA, she had the skills to help at-risk and other youth and prepare them for a successful future. According to The Y, because of her, it now has the strongest teen program in its history with more than 400 teen volunteers and interns.

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