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Wolfe Educational Center
732 W. 13th Street, W9
Merced, CA 95341
Fax: (209) 381-5992
Daphne L. Post
WIA Programs/Cal-SOAP Coordinator
Rebecca Rodriguez Lincoln
Career Advisor for Merced and Los Banos
Rebecca Rodriguez Lincoln is a long time resident of the Merced community, arriving in the mid-fifties when her father was stationed with the Strategic Air Command at Castle Air Force Base. She graduated from Merced High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Chapman University. She holds the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and earned a Master's Degree in Education from CSU, Stanislaus in 2014.
Rebecca is married to her husband Michael for 42 years. She has two children, her son Andrew, graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Animation & Visual Effects from the San Francisco Academy of Arts, and her daughter Morgan, graduated from University of California, Berkeley, 2017.
Rebecca's position is that of a Career Educator in the WIOA EMPOWER Program, which has afforded her the opportunity to serve Merced County youth and their families. Since she began her career with Merced County Office of Education in May, 2001. Rebecca has had the privilege of sitting on the Merced County Youth Council, the Central Valley Opportunity Center' Board, the, San Joaquin UC Alumni Network, and the Board of the Merced County Boys & Girls Clubs. She is a graduate of Leadership Merced, Class 19.
To be a positive and empowering role model for students, and encourage them to aspire to reach their highest potential.
Mr. Rivera is a graduate of Madera High School. He earned a Bachelors' Degree in Liberal Studies from CSU, Fresno. Mr. Rivera has worked for Merced County Office of Education for the sixteen years. He worked as an Out -School -Youth Specialist for the Migrant Education Program and as a Career Technician for Livingston and Golden Valley High Schools. Mr. Rivera has eight years of experience as a WIOA EMPOWER Advisor.
Mr. Rivera is married and has two children. During his spare time, he volunteers for the California Youth Soccer Association, District 7, as a Soccer Coach. He loves spending time with his family.
To build a trusting relationship with the young adults I serve and to inspire them to achieve their goals.
Elena Blanton has
over 15 years helping people prepare for employment, obtain training, and get
hired! She has worked as a job developer, case manager, workshop facilitator,
analyst, supervisor, career coach, and trainer in the field of employment and
training. She has also had a wide variety of jobs in other fields including a
case manager for a homeless shelter, a fundraiser, a sales associate in a
clothing store, a peach inspector, a receptionist, and a
file clerk. She earned her BA in Sociology from CSU East Bay (Hayward)
and her Master’s in Public Administration from CSU Stanislaus. In her spare
time she volunteers for the American Cancer Society and animal rescue.
mission is to make a difference and lead by example by instilling confidence,
competence, and kindness in those I work with and the people I serve.
Monica M. Maldonado
Support Service Assistant
Monica was born and raised in Merced and graduated from Merced High School.
Monica starting working for Merced County Office of Education in 2007. Mrs. Maldonado is currently enrolled at Merced College working towards her AA Degree.
Monica is married and has three children. She and her family enjoys the outdoors, camping, boating and BBQ.
Mission StatementI strongly encourage participants not to give up and to reach for their goals.