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Clara Vargas
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Rise University
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Fellow
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Bio

Clara has achieved a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering.  In 2006, Clara received an award from the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas.

Before graduation and during college years, Clara worked a full-time job in the fast food industry while attending college full time.  Clara worked for restaurants including Wendy's, Burger King, and McDonald's.  Clara loved cooking and finding healthier meals.  Clara found the kitchen relaxing and a great stress management therapy as she learns how to cook for her diabetic mother.  She found Mediterranean cuisine both, healthy and full of flavour.

After graduation with a Master’s degree in Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas in 2006, Clara was selected and hired by Ford Motor Company as a Ford College Graduate, a fast track to management program for which she attained completion of program.  Clara participated as a Development Engineer, developing various electrical automotive components, and obtaining a Quality Green Belt certification.  Clara participated in the development and patent of “My Key” system while a development engineer at Ford.  The system allows parent to set the maximum speed at which they will allow their teenage kids to drive.  This is very important in a state like Texas where car accidents ending in fatalities is higher than 50 percent.

Clara Vargas started working as an educator in El Paso Texas region since 2001, starting as an Academic Tutor for several local districts as Ysleta ISD, El Paso ISD, and Canutillo ISD. Most of the tutoring was with bilingual kids, migrant students, and at-risk students.   

As a Teacher Assistant at the University of Texas El Paso in 2005, Clara conducted labs for college students enrolled in the software design class.  Clara was also a researcher at the University of Texas El Paso in 2006, working on a dissertation project related to efficient solar cells.  Clara was co-author of a research paper on the study of such study in conjunction with the former Dean of Graduate School, Doctor Gregory Lush, at the University of Texas in 2006.  The University of Texas is commonly known as the school that changed the story of many members of the community facing poverty.

As a Science teacher at New Mexico Public School in 2015, Clara worked at a charter high school with kids experiencing disadvantages as high crime rates, gun related activities in their schools and neighbourhoods while facing the battle of poverty.  Clara has been working as a Teacher Substitute and Guest Teacher for districts as Anthony ISD, San Elizario ISD, and El Paso ISD since 2016.

Clara believes that the only game changer and the only effective key to obsolete poverty is education.  This is what attracted her to work in Education Field.