Garcia Joins Academic Advising Programs

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Javier Garcia was hired as a new academic advisor in the Academic Advising Office (AAP) in August and said he is excited to be working directly with students in his new role. He previously worked on campus as an academic advisor for the Educational Talent Search (ETS) outreach program for nine years. ETS is one of Chico State’s TRIO programs that target first-generation and low-income participants.

Garcia is a California State University, Chico graduate who completed his bachelor’s degree in physical education with a certificate in exercise physiology in 1999. He went on to earn his master’s degree in kinesiology and exercise physiology with an emphasis in pedagogy. 

After transferring to Chico State from West Valley College, Garcia played soccer as a midfielder for the Wildcats from 1992-1994. During the 1992-93 season, the Image of Garcia playing soccerWildcats won the conference and made it into the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. They did not win the championship, but they did make it into the Elite Eight.

Originally from San Jose, Garcia and his family are enjoying life in Chico. Garcia and his now-wife, Roxanne, met while they were both undergraduates at Chico State. Roxanne went on to complete her credential and has been teaching in Oroville for over 22 years. The couple have a 12-year-old son, Gabe and a 10-year-old daughter, Miya. The family enjoys the great outdoors that the North State has to offer and make a point of visiting a beach at least once a year, if they can fit it into their very busy schedules.

Garcia is putting his degree in kinesiology to good use and still participating in a sport he loves by coaching his son’s traveling soccer team. He is proud of how well the team has done—winning its division for the past two years! Garcia gives all the credit for the team’s success to the boys’ athletic talents. He is also very proud of his daughter, who swims with the Aqua-Jets.

Even though advising is not directly related to his educational background, Garcia is happy with his new advising position in AAP because he can get his “coaching fix” through his children’s extracurricular activities.

“At some point along the way I wanted to start helping others with overcoming challenges that I have had in my life,” Garcia said. “Hence, academic advising.”

Come by the AAP office in the Student Services Center to congratulate Garcia on his new position and wish him luck on the team’s next soccer season.