Mario Pena




Office Assistant

LaGuardia Community College


When did you join ASAP?

I joined ASAP around March of 2007 during my first semester at Queens College, where I was beginning to work towards my bachelor’s degree in finance and economics. ASAP had started just a semester before I joined, and it has been a wonderful experience to be a part of the success and growth of the program.


What does your job entail on a daily basis?

I provide administrative assistance to staff and students. I multi-task between working on Excel and Word, editing videos, and working on various other projects, all while making student appointments, answering the phone, and managing the front desk at times.


What has been the most rewarding thing about working at ASAP?

The most rewarding thing about working at ASAP has been the opportunity to participate in the success of the program and observe how the program has grown over the past few years, while also helping so many students fulfill their goal of graduating and getting their associate’s degree.


What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?

What makes ASAP unique, I believe, is our dedicated team and students who want to “make it happen.”  We wouldn’t be the program we are today without the support and the commitment that our team brings to the ASAP every day. And we wouldn’t be the program we are today if it wasn’t for the perseverance and the desire that our students have for success.


Why do you think ASAP is important?

In my opinion ASAP is very important and plays a critical role in the success of our students because it provides financial and academic support to those students who most need it. Additionally, I believe that ASAP does an extremely good job at identifying and targeting the particular students that require that extra help in order to succeed in college, and as a program we utilize all the resources at our disposal to make sure these students accomplish their academic goals.



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